Château Teyssier – From Garage Wine to Grand Cru
Jonathan Maltus's life can be divided into two phases. In the first, he worked as a businessman in the British oil and petrochemical industry. Despite his considerable success, he believed that life held more in store for him than the dry business of black gold. The second phase of his life began with two-years of training to become a vintner. He then began his obsessive search for a winery with an exceptional terroir. His search finally came to an end when he happened upon the Château Teyssier in Saint-Émilion.
New Methods and Pioneering
The Château dates back to the 18th Century. The living quarters and administration building are from the Second French Empire, and when Maltus purchased it, it had vineyards of less than five hectares, as was typical for chateaus in the area. Even as late as the 1990s, the production methods in the Bordelais were antiquated, and vinologists from all over the world, like Maltus, began to apply their newly acquired knowledge to their small parcels in order to produce an even lesser amount of the most excellent wines. Et voilà, the ‘garage wine scene’ was born! These wines were veritable rarities, and production could never meet the demand. Maltus then began to acquire other chateaus in Saint-Émillion and increased the area cultivated tenfold. Château Teyssier produces modern vintage wines with the highest demands on terroir and vinification.