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Originally an Englishman from Africa, in his thirties Jonathan Maltus met a vigneron from the South West of France who changed his path for good. In lieu of payment for his help with sales, he received intensive practical study in viticulture and oenology. Two years later he purchased Chateau Teyssier, a Saint Emilion Grand Cru in need renovation. After the renovation, the vineyard has been increased to ten times its former size and now is a state-of-the-art winery.
J Maltus Collection 2010 - Six Amazing Wines!
Le Dôme, Saint Emilion Grand Cru
100 Points Robert Parker - A full-bodied wine, but ethereal in its elegance and finesse, the wine has a strikingly provocative bouquet of camphor, blueberry jam, violets, new saddle leather, white chocolate and spice. Extremely full-bodied, but again, not showing any weighty fatigue or any type of aggressiveness, this wine has extraordinary purity and richness as well as a blockbuster finish of close to a minute, yet is so flawless, seamless and compelling, it’s hard to believe the wine is this concentrated and rich. It will be interesting to see how it evolves and I’m sure, cellared for as long as 25-35 years from now. There are 1,000 cases of this wine, which has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc of any wine in Bordeaux (80%). The balance is Merlot. The 2009 from Le Dome flirted with perfection, but this wine swallows the entire scoring system, and rightfully so.
Vieux Château Mazerat, Saint Emilion Grand Cru
92-94 Points Wine Advocate - Back to the winning ways of the first (’08) vintage. Intense, complex, violet, red fruit and spice aromas. Lovely depth of fruit on the palate, rich, round and caressing. Tannins ripe but present. Long, fresh finish. From a tiny parcel of old vines east of the more well-known Angelus estate, near Beausejour-Duffau, Jonathan Maltus produces this limited production blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The dense purple-hued 2010 possesses a crisp bouquet of blue, red and black fruits, crushed rocks, spring flowers and background oak. Full-bodied, powerful and dense, it is no doubt meant for long-term cellaring, so forget it and drink it over the following two decades.
Les Asteries, Saint Emilion Grand Cru
91-94 Points Robert Parker - Another tiny production offering from proprietor Jonathan Maltus, this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is produced from a single vineyard situated near La Carre. The 2010 reveals notes of powdered rock as well as red and black fruits, moderately high tannin, good acidity and a fresh, lively, medium to full-bodied personality. Although slightly austere, it has not fleshed out from its late malolactic, but it looks very impressive. Drink it over the following 15+ years.
Le Carré, Saint Emilion Grand Cru
91-94 Points WIne Spectator - Quite ripe, with an almost sweet feel to the blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry notes. This has a very creamy and flattering mouthfeel, but there's freshness as well, buried on the finish and adding length.
Pezat Red, Bordeaux Supérieur
Packed with rich, joyous, vibrant fruit, caressed and carefully handled - a total class act. This is what the market demands. The idea of Pezat came to Maltus because they felt they could make an excellent, rather than boring, wine from vineyards that were just outside the Saint Emilion Appellation if they applied Saint Emilion standards to the vineyard and winemaking. The wine is made to high standards using the same equipment and methods that are used for Chateau Teyssier.
An impressive project of Jonathan Maltus, proprietor of Chateau Teyssier, Le Dome and other chateaux in St.-Emilion, this blend of 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet France is a sleeper of the vintage. The wine displays an opaque ruby/purple colour and beautiful cassis fruit intermixed with kirsch, liquorice and a hint of underbrush. It is dense, medium to full-bodied, very silky-textured, mouth-filling and enormously satisfying.
Château Laforge, Saint Emilion Grand Cru
90-93 Points Robert Parker - The Laforge, usually composed of approximately 92% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, is intended to be a blend of the three major terroirs in St.-Emilion, the gravel, sand and hard limestone hillsides. The 2010 exhibits sweet black currant fruit, powdered limestone and toasty oak in a full-bodied, rich, dense style, with the fruit very apparent and the acidity and pH lower than normal, giving the wine excellent precision/definition. This wine should drink nicely for 10-15 years.
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