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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did not get as much of nice merlot fruit this time around. Decent cherry and raspberry on the mid palate, but lacking on the finish that is a little bitter at this point. Somewhat boringl. I'll check back on the last bottle in a year or two.
I am raising my previous score. Maybe I'm in a better place in my life now. I get some raspberries and dark chocolate on the nose. It is a lighter and fruity Bordeaux but it has grown on me. It doesn't have a long finish, but the pleasant flavor makes me keep drinking so the finish never really ends. For the price is serves well as a spring/summer deck wine, not the complex Bordeaux to contemplate over.
I recently ordered more of this wine. It's not at all like I remember. It's not bad, but very green and disjointed, thin and acidic. I don't know if it is bottle variation or not. I'll withhold any score until I try another bottle. This one was disappointing.
Every now and then, Gary V. lets me down. This is a prime example. No complexity, just straight blah terrior without any fruit or real rugged Bordeaux depth. Nothing to see here, move on to something better for $20.
Quality Bordeaux, especially at $15. Had the '05 last week and not suprisingly was fuller in the mouth and showed much more depth, but this '06 is solid. Blackberries, red currant, and spice on the nose with some faint alchoolic heat. Nice mouthfeel with somewhat masked red fruit and earthy notes. A little clunky on the finish. Hopefully will come together nicely in the next couple years.
Excellent bottle of Bordeaux that needs serious time in the decanter to open up. A great bottle to buy and open up 5 - 10 years from now and impress your friends; they will think it is much more expensive than it is.
85% merlot, 15% cabernet franc. 40% new oak. I touch more restrictive and restrained than the '05. Tastes more like Bordeaux than Cali this vintage. Nice at $29. The Chateau feels that the 2007 just explodes on the nose although you miss a little bump of fruit in the mid palate that 2006 has but especially 2005.