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May 25, 2017

Chateau Grand Mayne 2016

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Following on from Lynch Bages, two other notable wines have released today. Firstly, the superb Pomerol, Chateau Gazin, released for £695 per case of 12. In 2016 it has been awarded 94-96 points from Neal Martin and 94-95 points from James Suckling, possibly its highest ever potential score. However, the price represents a 48% sterling increase, which despite the score, may be too rich for the market in general.

However, Chateau Grand Mayne has released and it represents stunning value and a strong buy for the vintage. It has also been awarded 94-96 points from Neal Martin who declares, ‘This is a new style of Grand-Mayne, and frankly, it is one of the best I have tasted from this Saint Emilion estate.’  It has been released at £360 per case of 12, or £180 per case of six. This gives it a Price Over Points Score of 24, once of the lowest we have seen throughout the campaign.

Grand Mayne’s release personifies what great Bordeaux estates can produce in great vintages, yet at exceptional price points. Grand Mayne 2016 will result in a wine with a score of 95 or perhaps 96 from bottle, at £30 a bottle. Wise money gravitates to these wines, which in stellar vintages are on par with the Grand Cru Classe A and First Growth wines in normal vintages. This is great wine at a great price point.

Chateau Grand Mayne can track its history back to 1685 and the Laveau family. The name Mayne comes from the word manor, a large home surrounded by a large parcel of land. The vineyard is sited on the west of Saint Emilion, at the bottom of the plateau, found in front of Chateau Angelus, Canon and Beau-Sejour Becot. The vineyard is a result of vines planted on the clay and limestone found on the hillside and parcels found further down at the bottom of the slopes, where these is far more sand. The vineyards are planted with 76% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Today the Estate is run by the Nony Family, led by Jean-Pierre Nony since 1975. They have the great Michel Rolland as consultant and as one might imagine the wine lends itself to deep, intense colour, a full-bodied rich and ripe profile, with plenty of power. No expensive is spared in the production, with 100% new French oak used for 24 months. Production remains very low, with less than 5,000 cases produced per vintage: this will be stretched this year by the obviously large demand for such an outstanding wine.

Chateau Grand Mayne 2016, 12×75 – £360 EP

94-96 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
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.

91-92 Points, James Suckling
Solid density of fruit and velvety tannins to this one. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish.

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