Chateau La Tessonniere "Le Fleuron de la Tessonnière" Médoc Bordeaux France 2015

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Château La Tessonniere is a family-owned estate in the Medoc that follows generations of winemaking traditions. Château La Tessonniere  owner/winemaker Cedric Colemyn is the fifth generation winemaker as well as great grandson of founder Alphonse Chevreux. Colemyn holds degrees in both viticulture and oenology and has been at the helm of Château La Tessonnière since 1995 and is currently operating this rising star among small Bordeaux châteaux. The vineyards are located on parcels of calcareous clay that enjoys near perfect sun and also allow for long hang time for the fruit.

Cedric Colemyn is also primarily responsible for the Châteaux’s 1997 ascension to "Cru Artisan" status by developing both the vineyards and production of its wines, a notable accomplishment for the young Médocian.
In 1994 Château La Tessonnière was recognized as a top quality small Medoc winery and became allowed to utilize the Cru Artisan designation on its label. The term Cru Artisan has existed for more than 150 years, but this new determination was the first that dealt with quality and value. 
The Cru Artisan designation means "autonomous, small- and medium-sized estates at which the owner/manager is actively involved in the operations of his/her vineyard, produces AOC wines, and sells the production that is bottled at the château.”
In the Médoc, the term “Crus Artisans” has officially existed for over 150 years: these small wineries often belonged to craftsmen, such as coopers, wheelwrights, and blacksmiths.
Yet this distinction found new life in 1989 with the founding of the Syndicat des Crus Artisans du Médoc. There are 36 AOC Crus Artisans du Médoc, the names of which were published in the Journal Officiel in 2012. The list is reviewed every 5 years.
In 1994 European regulations authorized a “Cru Artisan” mention on the wine’s main label with this special labeling permitted.

Keep an eye out for this wonderful châteaux - it seems destined for additional merit.

Producer Name: Château La Tessonniere "Le Fleuron de la Tessonnière"
Old/New World: Old World 
Country of Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Medoc
Appellation: AOC
Quality Designation: Cru Artisan via Syndicat des Crus Artisans du Médoc.
Grape Varietals: 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
Vintage: 2015 
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Full Bodied Red Wine
Viticultural Features: practicing lutte raisonnée farming in the vineyard, argile-calcaire soils
Winemaking Techniques: Elevage en barriques
Winemaker: Cedric Colemyn
ABV: 13%
Pack/Size: 12/750
Container Type: Classic Bordeaux Bottle
Closure Style: cork

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