We get off on a tiny, empty train station and for a moment the whole scene feels surreal, as if we are plunged in the middle of Bruno Schulz story. The station is empty, there is nothing and no one around us- just vineyards going as far as the curve of the horizon. Where is everybody? Have we gone back in time? Puzzled, we set off along an empty road. The town is somewhere…to the right…
Distracted by the picture perfect rolling hills around us we take copious amount of photos of well…grapes and soon enough we are in St Émilion and the mystery is over. There are people, it’s just that everyone arrives by car (or a van) to load up on one of the most wonderful vines on Earth- and for a fraction of it’s price in Europe. Did I mention that the French keep the best vines in France?
The Medieval jewel of a town build from luminous golden stone is a marvel in itself. We walk around narrow cobbled street and wander up to the top of the hill where Drodgone valley stretches in front our eyes. I nosily peek into a dark cool interior of someones’s house. I can make out heavy wooden furniture and a glimpse of white crochet lace on the table. A perfect hideaway from scorching heat of the South of France.
I think about those lucky few born to live into the life of a stony chateaus and vineyards in the valley. I know that their life is not all lunches on the terraces and siestas in the shade but on a hot August afternoon like this, it’s difficult to believe otherwise. It’s idyllic. We try beautiful wines, stock up on real gems and have difficult time choosing a place to eat. The time seems to have stopped when we sit on the terrace, suspended in shade of the afternoon. There is no phone signal, no internet, only people we love, food and wine. Just a perfect day.
Château Teyssier St. Émilion Grand Cru 2012
A bit of trivia to start with. St Émilion is one of the prime wine making areas in Bordeaux, located on the right bank of the Dordogne river, which produces classic full-bodied red wines based on blends of three grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Frank. However traditionally the predominate grape variety in the blend would be Merlot (60+%) and Cabernet Franc (30%). Thanks to the high percentage of Merlot in the blend those wines tend to be softer, more fruity with characteristic plum and cassis flavours, and easier to drink. Also they don’t require such a long time to mature and can be drunk younger.
Château Teyssier St. Émilion Grand Cru 2012 is a product of one of the very old primary vineyards in St. Émilion, which since 1991 has belonged to an Englishman, Jonathan Maltus. Maltus, being a wine lover and passionate grower but also an engineer, modernised the winery in 1990 and turned it into a modern and highly profitable business, producing one of the best wines on the right bank. This is an amazing bottle of red, made up of 80% Merlot with the remainder Cabernet Franck.
It is ready to drink now or you can keep it for a few years. It’s medium bodied, soft and smooth as velvet, easy to drink and with a great combination of fruit and spice flavours in the bouquet. You should definitely sense blackberries, blueberries, dark cherry and coffee with sweet spice on the finish. I enjoyed every sip, and I think you will too. Yummy!