|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||Grand Cru Classé|
Quite warm and rich on the nose, this follows through to the palate. A serious style though. Great power and long lines of quite glossy dark fruit, with some brighter, more tart blueberry notes tighten things up. Bright fine tannin. Overal quite good even if it does tail off a tad at the finish. L&S (Apr 2013)
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The 2012 is a blend 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked from 9th October until 20th October. There is much more restraint on the nose compared to recent vintages with superb delineation and focus. A more classic Grand Mayne in the offing? The palate is very well balanced with silky smooth tannins, very fine acidity and a sophisticated, elegant finish with beautifully integrated oak. Superb wine Jean-Antoine! Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(May 2013)
One of my favorite “under the radar” St.-Emilion estates (the 1998 is spectacular), the full-bodied, impressively well-endowed, opaque purple-colored 2012 Grand-Mayne offers up scents of blueberries, crushed rocks, spring flowers, vanilla and black raspberries. It is a blue fruit-dominated wine with lots of body, sweet tannin and hedonistic, almost primordial appeal because of its exuberant glycerin, texture and fullness. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. 2013 - 2028 Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2013)
Inky core, purple rim. Cedar and blackcurrant pastille, plus a blueberry sweetness and a very slightly herbaceous note. Savoury and dark on the palate, savoury but not austere, just that the fruit takes more of a back seat at this point. Dense but smooth tannins. Well shaped but not yet revealed. 2017 - 2025. Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2013)
Château Grand Mayne
A mayne is a large house surrounded by an estate, something which adequately describes Château Grand Mayne, the “grand” bit presumably referring to a time when the estate ran to 250ha with 62ha of vineyard. This was after the Laveau family, who owned Grand Mayne for two and half centuries at least, had purchased Château Soutard to add to their domain. It wasn’t to last, and gradually the estate was divided and sold off and now amounts to 21ha, 1.5km from St Emilion village at the foot of the plateau. Since 1934, Château Grand Mayne has been owned by the Nony family. The vineyards are planted with 76% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, and are around 30 years old. Of the non-classified estates of St Emilion, Château Grand Mayne is generally accounted as one of the best.
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