2020 Château Grand Mayne, Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

The 2020 Grand Mayne is a lovely St-Emilion. It balances ripeness of fruit, and the broad shoulders we expect from this terroir, with lovely detailing and beautifully savoury tannins. This is very fresh and pure, and impressively long. Beautifully balanced.

Critic score
93.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
12 available
£36.28
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
2 available
£217.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    74% Merlot
    24% Cabernet Franc
    2% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2047
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14%
2020 Château Grand Mayne, Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

TASTING NOTES

Always a big wine; this is a site that encourages big tannins and once you embrace that quality, you willingly submit to the knitted-down cassis and bilberry fruits. Touches of bitter coffee as it opens, this is powerful but enjoyable and does a good job of pulling up at the last minute, offering crushed stone and juice. A yield of 41hl/ha, 50% new oak for ageing.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
93/100

The 2020 Grand Mayne is focused and delineated on a nose that offers plenty of finely chiseled scents of black cherry, bilberry, crushed rock and incense, opulent but beautifully controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe black fruit on the entry, and laced with graphite, touches of tobacco and minerals. From beginning to end, this 2020 displays wonderful tension, and there is a sense of refinement on the finish that I think has only manifested in vintages of Grand Mayne over the last 5–6 years. This delivers, or perhaps overdelivers considering the price.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(93—95)/100

Firm and muscular with a solid tannic frame. Builds gradually to a persistent finish. Fruit present but aromatically less captivating – berry fruit with a hint of mint and a charry note from the oak.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)
16+/20

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