Bright, lifted and dark fruited. The Grand Mayne style is rarely short of ripeness and intensity. This is a bit lighter as fits with the vintage overall but it offers great appeal for drinking over the next 10 years. And it is outstanding value. Both of those features make it a great choice for Bordeaux lovers.
At the foot of the limestone plateau of St-Emilion the extra clay in the vineyard helps add a richness of fruit that becomes evident when you taste the wines. There is approximately 17 hectare of vines devoted to 76% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Saint-Emilion – With approximately 5400 hectare planted it is a vast appellation with a few distinct personalities. Like the famous neighbour Pomerol the wines are Merlot dominant and offer the silk, perfume and charm that Merlot can give. The best of the wines will live as long as, if not longer than most Left Bank wines and often cost two or three times more.
Merlot – It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.