Chateau Grand Mayne Saint Emilion Grand Cru (Grand Cru Classé) 2015

108.00 SGD
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Sommelier's Notes

A vineyard overlooked by a manor built at the end of the 16th century, Mayne can trace its 200-year history back to the Laveau family who acquired it in 1685. The attentive and loving care of Jean Laveau raised the vineyard to the highest level, as evidenced by the wine prices and praises in the Féret, the reputed 1846 Bordeaux wine directory.Together with Figeac and Soutard, Mayne was at the time one of the most important estates in St. Émilion.


With no direct heirs, the Laveau empire was eventually dispersed amongst family heirs. Various owners succeeded until the beginning of the 20th century when the Nony family became the owners of what had become “Grand Mayne.”It was in fact in 1934 that Jean Nony, a successful wine merchant established in the Chartrons trading district of Bordeaux, acquired the property from Noël Berbudeau.


Grand Mayne represents a homogeneous group of stone buildings. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, the château towers the vineyard where it sits.The outhouses adjoining the château were built in the 17th century with stone excavated from regional limestone quarries. The architects sought to protect the château from intrusions and westerly ocean winds by constructing a long building facing due west, whose rhythm is harmoniously broken in its centre by a close, paved semicircular arch through which horse-drawn carriages could ride in.


Over the years, a monumental wine cellar and outbuildings have completed this vast complex bordered by long rubble stone walls.As for the vineyard of Grand Mayne, it grows in a single unit in an ideal natural amphitheatre on the hillside and at the foot of St. Émilion.


The 17 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Grand Mayne is planted to 78% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.


The vines are on average close to 30 years of age.


At 55 meters above sea level, ideally facing south and west, the vines are planted on a clay-limestone hillside and, at its foot, on clay soil to the south and clayey sand soil to the west. The situation and typology of these soils offer great potential to the vineyard. Located exactly in the geographic centre of the commune of St. Émilion, the château is 1.5 km west of the village at the foot of a limestone plateau.The rigorous work of the vineyard is of the utmost importance at Grand Mayne.


Each parcel of vines is considered a wine-growing entity in its own right. Thus, the vines on the slopes are grassed to prevent erosion while those on clay soil and clayey-sand soil are ploughed.Bordelaise pruning, disbudding and suckering, green harvests, double manual leaf-thinning, plot management are all technical choices that give the grapes the best qualitative prospects.


The 2015 Grand Mayne is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with an earthy nose of damp soil and fungi with a core of red and black plums, black berries and dried herbs. The full-bodied mouth is rich and earthy with a firm structure and plenty of freshness, finishing long.


"Notes of blackcurrants, plums, chocolate, and lead pencil emerge from the ripe, sexy styled 2015 Château Grand Mayne. This full-bodied, opulent, beautifully concentrated 2015 hits the palate with loads of fruit and texture, yet stays balanced, has terrific purity of fruit, and ripe tannin. I was only able to taste this one time, but wow, what a wine. It should be at its best from 2020-2035."


Jeb Dunnuck


Awards:


95/100 Jeb Dunnuck

95/100 Wine Enthusiast

93/100 Decanter

93/100 Robert Parker

93/100 Wine Advocate

93/100 Vinous

92/100 Wine Spectator

91/100 James Suckling

16-16.5 Bettane et Desseauve

16.5 Jancis Robinson

Usually Bought Together

REGION: Bordeaux - AOC Saint Emilion
Appellation: Saint Emilion
Region: Bordeaux - AOC Saint Emilion
Estate: Chateau Grand Mayne
Grapes: Merlot 75% Cabernet Franc 23% Cabernet Sauvignon 2%
Did you know?: Mayne can trace its 200-year history back to the Laveau family who acquired it in 1685. Together with Figeac and Soutard, Mayne was at the time one of the most important estates in St. Émilion.
Specifications
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color
With an earthy nose of damp soil and fungi with a core of red and black plums, black berries and dried herbs.
The full-bodied mouth is rich and earthy with a firm structure and plenty of freshness, finishing long.
16 C
Good match with Red Meat, Game.
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