Château Teyssier 2016, Montagne Saint-Émilion
£24.95 per bottle
Ch. Teyssier is located in the tiny wine appellation of Montagne-St Emilion. The vineyard dates back to the 15th century and surrounds a charming 18th century château. The vineyard covers 21 hectares on a clay/limestone hillside to the north-east of St Emilion, and in the early 1990s received considerable investment, with much work done the vineyard and the cellar. As a result, the quality of wines improved exponentially.
Merlot dominated blend, supported by a dose of Cabernet Sauvignon (12%) and a touch of Cabernet Franc (2%). Aged in French oak barrels, it is a wine of real depth, with notes of smoke, liquorice and herbs all complementing the bright red stone fruits that burst from the glass. Lively acidity and a prominent tannin structure ensure a long finish that will have you going back for another glass!
"Packed with ripe, jammy Merlot, this wine is rich, dense and structured. Succulent acidity gives a crisp touch to a generous wine that has power and some good, medium-term potential. Drink from 2022."
Roger Voss, www.winemag.com (January 2019)