2023 Château Grand Mayne, St Emilion, Bordeaux

2023 Château Grand Mayne, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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2023 Château Grand Mayne, St Emilion, Bordeaux

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Description

Blend: 75% Merlot; 25% Cabernet Franc. 

This is yet another appealing wine from Jean-Antoine Nony and his brother Damien; their pride and effort are tangible. Their vineyards slope from the top of the côtes beside Beauséjour-Bécot to the lower valley, with limestone at the top and clay at the bottom. The latter provides dense, creamy Merlot, which takes new oak well. It is pronounced at the moment, but there is personality and grip from the Cabernet Franc with wildflower perfumes and a spicy backbone. Still under the radar, this estate over-delivers through the efforts of the Nony brothers. 

Drink 2030 - 2045

Our score: 17/20

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Jane Anson93/100

Bright ruby red, vivid depths to the body of the wine, well balanced, kick of eucalyptus and mint, a hint of grilled cloves, with clear juice and limestone grip running through the black cherry and damson fruit. The Nony family has produced another exceptional vintage here. 50% new. 49hl/ha yield. Possible upscore in bottle.

Drink 2030 - 2044

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Neal Martin, Vinous92-94/100

The 2023 Grand Mayne was picked from September 11 to October 5 at 49hL/ha, matured in 60% new oak. 

It has a fragrant and pure bouquet: a mixture of red and black fruit, wilted roses and a light marine scent. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, a keen thread of acidity and a sense of mineralité toward the finish. Nicely poised throughout, this is a very delicious and refined Saint-Émilion in the making, deserving of four or five years in bottle.

Drink 2027 - 2047

Neil Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous92-94/100

A heady, exotic Saint-Émilion, the 2023 Grand-Mayne makes a strong opening statement. Readers will find a wine of dimension and textural resonance. Blackberry, chocolate, liquorice, spice and dried herbs are all beautifully amplified. This is impressive.

Drink 2030 - 2043

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW16+/20

75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.

Meaty and full on the nose. Supple fruit with finely woven tannins. Touch chewy on the finish. Has the matière but needs to settle.

Drink 2029 - 2040

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (May 2024)

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James Suckling92-93/100

A very fine-grained red with tannins that caress your palate. Medium body. Reserved fruit character. Shows a nicely crafted expression already.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (May 2024)

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Decanter93/100

With aromas of red fruit, quite chipper and friendly, the palate reflects more (pleasing) limestone aspects, even if a tad timid in expressing the red fruit ripeness, along with crushed mint and allspice. I like the juicy mid-palate. The structured tannin leads to a medium finish but just slightly standoffish. The 18 months ageing in 50% new oak should soften the finish.

Drink 2026 - 2045

Panos Kakaviatos, Decanter.com (April 2025)

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Jeb Dunnuck90-92/100

Red and black fruits, chocolaty herbs, graphite, and a kiss of solid minerality all emerge from the 2023 Château Grand Mayne, a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, beautifully balanced 2023 that has plenty of mid-palate depth, ripe tannins, and a juicy, lively profile with tons to love.

Drink 2029 - 2040

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (May 2024)

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About this WINE

Chateau Grand Mayne

Chateau Grand Mayne

Château Grand Mayne sits at the heart of the St Emilion appellation on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. The 17-hectare vineyard has remained unchanged for 300 years or so. Brothers Jean-Antoine and Damien Nony are the third generation of their family at the helm here. Their late father, Jean-Pierre, sadly passed away in 2001, aged just 55. The most prized part of the vineyard is a slope of limestone over clay. “My father used to call it his Romanée-Conti,” Jean-Antoine recalls. “It looks like a Burgundian Grand Cru.”

As recently as the 1960s, there was around 40% Cabernet Franc planted here. Over time, it dropped to 10-15% of the plantings. When Jean-Antoine took over in 2012, he initiated a replanting programme, now underway and due to be completed in 2035. The estate has been a Grand Cru Classé since 1955.

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St Émilion

St Émilion

St Émilion 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 Émilion 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 Émilion, 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 Émilion 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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Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in the Bordeaux region of France. When these two grapes are blended, they can create a wine that combines the best characteristics of each variety.

Merlot is known for its smoothness, soft tannins, and ripe fruit flavours. It often contributes black cherry, plum, and chocolate flavours to the blend. The grapes are relatively easy to grow and ripen earlier than other Bordeaux varieties, making them versatile for blending.

Cabernet Franc, on the other hand, adds structure, depth, and complexity to the blend. It typically brings aromas of red fruits such as raspberry and strawberry, along with herbal notes like bell pepper and tobacco. These grapes have thinner skins and can be more challenging to cultivate, requiring specific growing conditions to reach their full potential.

When Merlot and Cabernet Franc are combined, the result is a well-balanced wine with various flavours and aromas. The blend often exhibits a Bordeaux wine's medium to full body, along with a smooth texture and moderate tannins. The specific flavour profile can vary depending on the proportions of each grape in the blend and the terroir and winemaking techniques employed.

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