About 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Château Grand-Mayne is a St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé property located north-west of the town of St-Emilion. Its handsome château was built in 1767 and since 1934 has been owned and run by the Nony family - Jean-Pierre Nony has been at the helm since 1975. Grand Mayne has 19 hectares of vineyards, superbly sited on the edge of a limestone plateau, where the soils are rich in clay, limestone and iron. The wine is a blend of Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%). Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled-stainless steel vats and the wine is aged in oak barriques (70% new) for 18 months. The ubiquitous Michel Rolland is a consultant and, not surprisingly, Grand Mayne produces a deeply-coloured, richly aromatic wine which is full-bodied and lush on the palate, displaying cassis, mineral and liquorice notes with hints of vanilla and oriental spices.
What The Critics Say
94-96/100 Parer's Wine Advocate, Neal Martin
"The 2016 Grand-Mayne is a very different wine from those of old when sometimes it could be pushed too much in the winery. Certainly, the addition of Louis Mitjavile, François's son, has had a positive impact upon Grand-Mayne in the last two or three years. This is very elegant and refined, displaying more terroir characteristics with a gorgeous herbal lift, almost as if owner Jean-Antoine Nony had used some stems! The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, almost Pomerol-like in style with more mineralité and refinement on the finish. This is a new style of Grand-Mayne, and frankly, it is one of the best I have tasted from this Saint Emilion estate." Drink 2022 - 2045
"Blackish crimson. Lots of ripe black fruits plus a bit of freshness. Quite zesty and appealing with a beginning, middle and end. Really quite successful and punchy. Lightly sandpapery tannins but long and well balanced. Really quite luscious. With an appetising saltiness on the end." Drink 2023 - 2038
89-92/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
"The 2016 Grand Mayne offers good potential. Sweet tobacco, herb and leather overtones give the succulent red cherry fruit attractive savory underpinnings. Hints of mocha and torrefaction appear later, adding further shades of nuance. The oak tannins are a bit aggressive at this stage, but all the elements are nicely balanced just the same. The 2016 is going to need a bit more time to come into its own, but even today it is quite promising. Tasted two times."
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