With a 200-year history, Grand Mayne has produced some of the most reasonably priced great wines of Saint Emilion. The property, built in the 16th century, is right in the middle of a sea of vineyards and was acquired by the Laveau family in 1685, whose tremendous care and affection for winemaking elevated the estate to one of the most important estates in St. Emillion among producers like Figeac. With no direct heirs, Grand Mayne was acquired by the Nony in the 20th-century led by Jean Nony, and today his grandsons run the Chateau. The vineyards are situated in a prime location, the geographic center of St. Emillion, growing on the hillside and at the foot of a limestone plateau. The vineyard is made up of many smaller parcels. Each parcel is sorted twice and vinified separately in a combination of stainless steel and oak to help control the quality, picking, typically seeing the best parcels for the Grand Mayne. The wine is then aged in older French oak for 15 to 20 months, and only then is the final barrel selection for the blend made that will represent Grand Mayne for the vintage, which is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 2018 is a great effort for Grand Mayne with excellent structure and fairly classic profile; this will be a wine that will supply enjoyment for decades and is such an excellent buy for Bordeaux. A few excellent notes that dig deeper, this is highly recommended for the Bordeaux lover.
Vinous (Neal Martin) 94 pts! "The 2018 Grand Mayne keeps everything under wraps on the nose, at least for the first 60 minutes, then it blossoms to offer gorgeous pure blackberry, briary, crushed stone and light rose petal aromas. The new oak is beautifully integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, superb acidity, gentle grip and an almost symmetrical finish of laser-like precision. An outstanding Grand Mayne, certainly one of the finest in recent years. (Drink between 2023 - 2045)"
Antonio Galloni 93 pts! "The 2018 Grand Mayne is bright and energetic in the glass. Red cherry fruit, mint, spice, wild flowers and mocha are all on display. The 2018 is quite rich and textured, but it also has terrific freshness to balance things out. This deceptively mid-weight Grand Mayne is classy, beautifully persistent and brimming with character. (Drink between 2025 - 2038)"
Jeb Dunnuck 92+ "The 2018 Château Grand Mayne is terrific and has a masculine, age-worthy style. A deep ruby hue is followed by a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated Saint-Emilion with notable chalky minerality, loads of sumptuous blackberry fruits, notes of chocolate and leafy herbs, firm, present, yet ripe tannins, and a great finish. It shows a more backward, reserved side to the vintage, yet I love its purity of fruit, its balance, and its overall class. Hide bottles for 4-5 years, and it should keep for two decades. (Drink between 2025 - 2045)"