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|Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2015 (based on 10 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 57 notes) - and median of 87 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Ken332 on 4/18/2015 & rated 87 points: Similar to previous notes. A good but not great St. Emilion served with grilled flat iron steak last night. Did not decant. Initial nose of cassis, cedar, blackberry and spices, a bit short in the mid-range, and some tannins and a bit of bitterness in the finish. The bitterness diminished after an hour or so. Wine is certainly in its drinking range and should hold and possible improve for 5 years or so. (232 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ken332 on 10/6/2014 & rated 88 points: Nose of plums and spices, soft round tannins in the mid-range and a moderate finish. Served with grilled ribeye steak. This is a good, but not great wine. Like many of the 2006's it seems to be a bit short in the mid-range. Still, a nice wine for a weekend. Should keep for 5 years or so. (925 views)|
| ||Tasted by gcarl on 8/4/2014 & rated 89 points: This needed aeration. Tannins are a bit drying on P&P, but after aeration and a day under gas, much more drinkable. Nice floral & fruit noise, both at P&P and on day 2. (1168 views)|
| ||Tasted by BrunelloBob on 2/3/2014 & rated 87 points: Better than last bottle; tannin has tamed a bit but is still a bit out of whack. Violets, plumb, cedar, black cherry. Nice acidity. If I had more, I'd wait another couple of years. 87 pts day 1, maybe 88 Day 2. (1930 views)|
| ||Tasted by jdoakpark on 8/21/2013 & rated 87 points: Ok...as expected (2577 views)|
| ||Tasted by wmccone54 on 12/14/2012 & rated 87 points: PnP served at a family reception; really needed decanting. Still very tight and still showing big tannins. I think if this had been decanted for a couple of hours, the black fruit flavors would have shown better. Definitely has potential and will benefit from additional cellar time. (3732 views)|
| ||Tasted by jdoakpark on 8/5/2012 & rated 88 points: Liked it but it was awkward and without a backbone. Good table wine (4107 views)|
| ||Tasted by TannicBeast on 6/9/2012 & rated 88 points: A very good Bordeaux blend for the money. Clear, ruby, medium intensity. The nose is clean, medium in intensity, with black fruit and vanilla. The nose is developing. The palate is dry, without much fruit at first. Blackberry, cassis and red plum on the palate. The acidity and tannins are medium plus. The alcohol is medium at 14%. The body is medium. The flavor intensity and length are all medium to medium plus. Overall, this is a very elegant and balanced wine. More of a food wine than a cocktail wine, due to the still austere tannins and acidity. It is still surprisingly tight and youthful, with a dark, dry core. Drink now to 2014. The tightness should improve a little with age, but I don't think there's enough fruit for longer term ageing. Good QPR. (4154 views)|
| ||Tasted by pupaes on 3/27/2012 & rated 87 points: light color.muted,plum/iodine nose. never opened up. grapey,slightly green finish.at $23.00 borderline qpr. and with a drinking window listed as 2011..... (4091 views)|
| ||Tasted by jjlobi on 11/16/2011 & rated 84 points: Not a fan of this one. (4722 views)|
| ||Tasted by boreddoughboy on 11/5/2011 & rated 86 points: Great fruit, seems overlytannic. Like this a bunchmore in the past. (3696 views)|
| ||Tasted by BrunelloBob on 9/6/2011 & rated 86 points: Some nice red fruit on the nose. Black licorice, some spice on the palate, All buried in excessive tannin.|
Not without it's charm, but today it falls short for me. (3936 views)
| ||Tasted by Jeff Leve on 8/15/2011 & rated 89 points: Licorice, coffee, jammy blackberries, coffee and smoke aromas work well with the wines fleshy and flashy charm. Round in texture, at 5 years of age, this is already showing well. The wine finishes with fennel, black and red plums. (4150 views)|
| ||Tasted by Troon on 4/26/2011 & rated 87 points: The wine took about an hour to open up, so it probably has a little time left in it. A little more fruit forward than I am used to from a Bordeaux, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. (4572 views)|
| ||Tasted by BrandrB on 4/10/2011 & rated 87 points: I’ve been reading about the winemaking of Jonathan Maltus for a while and have been wanting to try his wines. This, his Grand vin – Chateau Teyssier – does not disappoint. Dark red-purple color. Aromas of blackberries and spice. Medium-bodied palate yields cherry, spice, light oak, and a light earthiness. Moderate tannins. Medium-short finish. Definitely Merlot-centric in character. Terrific QPR when priced around $15. Tasted in-flight on American Airlines; paired quite well with a chateaubriand topped with a green peppercorn sauce. This will certainly benefit from additional time in the bottle and a more proper tasting environment, but it’s definitely one of the finer in-flight Bordeaux offerings for a domestic carrier. (4356 views)|
| ||Tasted by DaleW on 4/5/2011: This is Bordeaux? Spoofy Merlot, sweet to supersweet with oak, green herbs, and short finish. No no no, this can't be my reward for long day. C+ (4571 views)|
| ||Tasted by Cantina Hill's on 2/21/2011 & rated 87 points: No flaws, a perfect wine with the rich beef stew served. Dark fruit without getting jammy and an earthy quality missing in so many New World wines. (4719 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 1/14/2011: Pretty raisined out and very high acidity. Kinda out of balance. (4926 views)|
| ||Tasted by boreddoughboy on 1/2/2011 & rated 89 points: Fresh fruit with moderate Oakes nuance. Plenty of refreshing dark fruit. Tannins still firm. Will wait another 6 months. (5055 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ken332 on 12/5/2010 & rated 87 points: Intense casis and fruit on the nose, noticeable but relatively soft tanins and acid in the mid-range, and moderate length in the finish. With the relatively intense, clean fruit, it taste like a cross between California and Bordeaux. The major criticism is that it lacks a sense of place. That said, this wine has several (about 10) years to go and may develop limited nuances. (5198 views)|
| ||Tasted by Sijan on 11/3/2010 & rated 89 points: Lovely nose of baking spices - reminds me of mulled wine and holiday cookies. Some oak. Nice fruit on palate. Medium bodied with low to moderate tannins. (5384 views)|
| ||Tasted by bmwcarl on 5/31/2010 & rated 82 points: Over two nights, I've come to the conclusion that this is a pretty poor bottle of wine. First night it was incredibly tight. Cherry kool-aid and listerine. No mid-palette or finish to speak of. Second night it had opened up a little with more fruit present but the antiseptic quality still there. I don't remember the first bottle of this being so bad. I might use my last bottle as a doorstop or just put it away for a couple of years to see if it improves. (6386 views)|
| ||Tasted by corkscrews on 5/31/2010 & rated 88 points: A nose of dark fruit and spice, dark ruby in color. A full bodied red that got better as I drank it over three days, needs time to open at first. Blackberry, licorice, earth, dry with good acidity. (6314 views)|
| ||Tasted by ey1294 on 5/28/2010 & rated 87 points: Very basic, but the nose came around after breathing a little bit. The fruit wants to express itself more, lacking right now. I think the fruit is there, this wine will benefit greatly from time. (6341 views)|
| ||Tasted by CdP in NYC on 5/27/2010: Good structure, but lacking any sense of place. A little boring right now. Basic, dry red fruits with good weight, oak, and somewhat firm tannins. Will surely be better a couple of years down the road, but not really worth following.|
Hold. 83-85 -JRS (6460 views)
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Château Teyssier Producer Website - Read more about Chateau Teyssier
2006 Château Teyssier St. Émilion Grand Cru"Wine has been made at the estate since the 1700's. At one stage in the nineteenth century it was the largest estate in the neighbourhood. At the time of purchase however it had been reduced to just five hectares of depleted vineyard. Since then a completely new team has transformed the wine and the estate. Renovation in every sense- estate, vineyard, winery, barrel cellar, and the fundamental approach to making wine means that Chateau Teyssier is widely regarded as a new-wave, modern-style wine from Saint Emilion. Most importantly the wine is now sought after by a loyal following."
"Eighty-five per cent Merlot with the remainder being met by Cabernet Franc, the wine originates from the communes of Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens and Vignonet. These communes provide terroir that produce a wine that may be attacked on release or laid down for a few years. The approach in winemaking, which has all the benefits of the modern equipment afforded by the more senior wines, is new world in style. Chateau Teyssier, is award winning, spicy, velvety, and ripe, but above all, pivots on its expression of fruit."-Winer
Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC
In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.
As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market
Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.
The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.
By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.
Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.
Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.
The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.
The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).
Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?
St. Émilion Grand Cru Les Vins de St. Émilion (Syndicate Vitocole de Saint-Emilion) – Read about St. Emilion