2019 Château Grand Mayne, St Emilion, Bordeaux

2019 Château Grand Mayne, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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2019 Château Grand Mayne, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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Jean-Antoine Nony is looking to increase the proportion of Cabernet Franc in his vineyard and its importance is evident in 2019. The Merlot is exceedingly ripe and the palate would be viscous without the leavening touch of 20% Cabernet Franc – but there is no sense of over-maturity in this generous and somewhat forthright wine. Drink 2026-2038. Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
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Chateau Grand Mayne

Chateau Grand Mayne

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.

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St-Emilion

St-Emilion

St Emilion is one of Bordeaux's largest producing appellations, producing more wine than Listrac, Moulis, St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux put together. St Emilion has been producing wine for longer than the Médoc but its lack of accessibility to Bordeaux's port and market-restricted exports to mainland Europe meant the region initially did not enjoy the commercial success that funded the great châteaux of the Left Bank. 

St Emilion itself is the prettiest of Bordeaux's wine towns, perched on top of the steep limestone slopes upon which many of the region's finest vineyards are situated. However, more than half of the appellation's vineyards lie on the plain between the town and the Dordogne River on sandy, alluvial soils with a sprinkling of gravel. 

Further diversity is added by a small, complex gravel bed to the north-east of the region on the border with Pomerol.  Atypically for St Emilion, this allows Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon to prosper and defines the personality of the great wines such as Ch. Cheval Blanc.  

In the early 1990s there was an explosion of experimentation and evolution, leading to the rise of the garagistes, producers of deeply-concentrated wines made in very small quantities and offered at high prices.  The appellation is also surrounded by four satellite appellations, Montagne, Lussac, Puisseguin and St. Georges, which enjoy a family similarity but not the complexity of the best wines.

St Emilion was first officially classified in 1954, and is the most meritocratic classification system in Bordeaux, as it is regularly amended. The most recent revision of the classification was in 2012

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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Neal Martin, Vinous94-96/100

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Neal Martin, Vinous94-96/100
The 2019 Grand Mayne takes its time to unfold in the glass, eventually delivering enticing and very pure red berry fruit, beautifully defined and less exuberant than some of the vintages I was tasting 15-20 years ago. There is a sense of terroir and mineralité in situ. The palate is saline on the entry, immediately grabbing your attention thanks to unbridled freshness and vivacity. Slightly grainy in texture, the umami sensation that glides towards a very precise and natural finish is wonderful here. Grand Mayne has been on an upward swing in recent vintages and this is another outstanding wine from Jean-Antoine Nony.
Neal Martin, Vinous (June 2020)
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