Chateau Grand Mayne Saint Emilion 2012
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Chateau Grand Mayne was created by the Laveau family at the end of the fifteenth century. Today, this Right Bank property is owned by the Nony family and is comprised of about 21 hectares. Planted to 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon with vines that average close to 30 years of age. The vines are planted to an average vine density of 5,500 vines per hectare. The vineyard is located to the west of Saint Emilion, at the foot of the plateau. Even though the vineyard is in one large block of vines, Chateau Grand Mayne is the result of two different terroirs. On the hillsides, which reach an elevation of 55 meters at its peak, Grand Mayne has vines planted in clay and limestone soils. A portion of these vines border Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot. Further down the hillsides at the base of the slopes and in the flats, you find sand over clay which abuts the vines of Chateau Laroze.
To produce the wine of Chateau Grand Mayne, the vinification takes place in a combination of wood vats and stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged in new, French oak barrels that range from 80% new, French oak up to 100% new, French oak barrels, depending on the vintage for an average of 24 months, or slightly less. The 2012 is medium bodied, and exhibits a refined expression of St. Emilion which leaves you with a soft, silky textured wine, sweet, ripe, juicy cherries and kirsch and a silky, smooth finish. 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Emilion|
|Brand||Chateau Grand Mayne|
Wine AdvocateOne 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. 90-92
Wine Enthusiast91-93. Barrel sample. This spicy wine, aged in new wood, is rich and full with blackberry flavors. It's opulent in texture with layers of new oak that reverberate through the wine.
Wine SpectatorVery polished, with a flattering feel up front and lots of ripe plum, blackberry paste and blueberry reduction notes at the core. Shows some serious grip on the back end, with ganache and graphite accents joining a brambly hint on the finish. This should stretch out in the cellar as both sides come together. Best from 2017 through 2026. 3,125 cases made.