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80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc
“This is a structured wine, with solid, smoky tannins. It has a strong core of dryness, tough at the edges even if rich in the middle. Blackberries and dark plum skins dominate the fruit flavors. It is going to develop well, although slowly.
Barrel Sample: 92-94 (4/1/2015)”
A powerful, authoritative wine, the 2014 Grand Mayne possesses remarkable pedigree and class. Black cherries, smoke, licorice, tobacco and menthol all hit the palate in a vertical, structured St.-Emilion built for the cellar. Readers will have to be patient here. Tasted twice. (5/11/2015)
The 2014 Grand-Mayne has a fragrant bouquet, perhaps more refined than in recent years with dried rose petals and incense fusing with the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity and a gentle build towards a vivid, lightly spiced finish that maintains impressive delineation, perhaps less extracted and more precise than wines of the past. This is a superb Grand-Mayne that represents a subtle change in tack for the estate—one that this writer approves of. Tasted on three occasions and consistent every time. (3/28/2018)
The 2014 Grand-Mayne has a light fleshy red berry bouquet with crushed strawberry and raspberry. There is impressive delineation and focus in situ. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin and a crisp line of acidity. This Saint-Émilion is nimble on its feet, something you might not ascribe to older vintages of Grand-Mayne, with a fresh mineral-driven finish. This is one of Jean-Antoine Nony’s best wines in recent years. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. (3/28/2018)
The Château Grand-Mayne 2014 has a perfumed, floral and endearing bouquet with beautifully interwoven new oak. There is a little more sophistication here compared to the previous three vintages. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity on the entry, threaded through ripe red cherries mixed with mint and star anis, finishing with a spicy flourish. This is a very fine Saint Emilion from Jean-Antoine Nony that scored above my expectations. (4/30/2015)
The sweet plum-cake aromas match the rich — almost creamy — entry, then the crisp acidity comes through. The dry tannins are a little challenging, but there’s a lot of depth. Needs some time to soften. Try in 2019. (2/16/2017)
Fleshy, with a hint of extraction as the core shows dark fig and boysenberry pâte de fruit flavors, flecked with plum skin and mulling spice notes. A solid brambly tow on the finish stretches this out, while a lingering alder hint adds range. Best from 2018 through 2028. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (2/9/2017)
Creamy fruit. Supple texture. Little more tender this year. Finely woven tannins. Persistent finish.
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