Chateau Teyssier

Montagne-St. Emilion

Overview

Owned by Durand Teyssier and managed by Antoine Darquey, this 40 hectare plot lies in two neighboring regions of Bordeaux, known as Montagne Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin Saint-Emilion.

The vines, which have an average age of 35 years, are overseen by head oenologist Michel Rolland.

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Terroir

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Chateau Teyssier is located a few kilometers northeast of St. Emilion in the appellation known as Montagne-Saint-Emilion. The ancient vineyard dates back to the 15th century, and rests on a hillside of clay and limestone. The entire property spans a total of more than 40 hectares, with 24 hectares resting in the Montagne-Saint-Emilion appellation and roughly 18 hectares lying in the Puisseguin Saint-Emilion appellation. The majority of the vines are planted with Merlot, with additional plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The average age of the vines is 35 years.

The vines at Chateau Teyssier have recently benefited from innovative changes in the vineyard in an effort to bring the grapes to optimal ripeness and quality level. Efforts have been made to increase the leaf canopy while deleafing around the grapes to facilitate more even ripening.

Winemaking

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The grapes are harvested in a combination of hand and mechanical efforts. They are separated by parcel during the harvest and each parcel is fermented and aged separately. The grapes are fermented in temperature controlled vats in the cellar on premise, which was recently renovated in 1999. The wine is then aged in French Oak barrels in 30% new oak.

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