Chateau Grand Mayne 2016: a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru with great finesse
The Chateau Grand Mayne is a Grand Cru Classe from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation. With vines averaging 35 years of age, the 17-hectare vineyard is planted on a clay-limestone hillside and at the foot of a hillside consisting of a mixture of clay and ancient sand on top of a clay subsoil. The wine is aged for 18 months in barrels (65% new and 35% in one-year-old barrels). Chateau Grand Mayne 2016 is made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
At tasting, the Chateau Grand Mayne 2016 shows elegance and refinement. It develops grassy aromas on the nose. On the palate, the tannins are extremely fine and it offers crisp acidity. The finish is wonderfully refined and mineral.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Grand-Mayne is a very different wine from those of old when sometimes it could be pushed too much in the winery. Certainly, the addition of Louis Mitjavile, François's son, has had a positive impact upon Grand-Mayne in the last two or three years. This is very elegant and refined, displaying more terroir characteristics with a gorgeous herbal lift, almost as if owner Jean-Antoine Nony had used some stems! The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, almost Pomerol-like in style with more mineralité and refinement on the finish. This is a new style of Grand-Mayne, and frankly, it is one of the best I have tasted from this Saint Emilion estate.