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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Chateau Grand Mayne Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18+ points

    (Chateau Grand Mayne St Emilion) This has a beautiful hue, deeply coloured but with a mahogany maturity. After less than an hour in the decanter it is open and ready for business, and it gives a fine aroma of bloody meat, iron, perfumed violets, black olives, dry charcoal and more. It is certainly enticing, and the palate doesn't disappoint, with a medium-bodied and refined entry, plenty of acidic freshness backed up by a core of ripe tannins through the midpalate, rounding very nicely at the finish. The structure, which holds the wine well in the mouth and suggests this will do well in the cellar for some time yet, carries an array of meaty olive flavours. The end is clean and it leads to a slowly fading finish. This is excellent, and has plenty of potential for the future, yet it is still an absolute delight to drink now.
  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2012, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18 points

    (Château Grand Mayne (St Emilion)) The first bottle was corked; this replacement was quickly sourced. This darkly coloured wine has a gradual fade out to the rim, which has a gentle tinge of toasty maturity. It doesn't take long to open up to the nose, and is just as delightful as my last bottle three years ago. There are black olives here, iron filings, black bean spices and dark, heavily scented black tea leaves. It also calls to mind scents of dark mushrooms, the charcoal hints less prominent than I recall, still with that beautiful aroma of bloody beef, but with a more complex perfume interwoven around it now, all very evocative. And the palate comes in with a gentle supporting raft of supple texture and a dry tannic backbone, with a peppery spice through the very core of the wine, leading to a greater spice and grip in the finish. It fades in a supple fashion, the texture and backbone separating out a little, but I cannot the deny the great pleasure I get from this wine. There are many greater I suppose, but this is very fine all the same, the benefit of a great vintage to some extent. This is drinking very well now, but there are still some tannins here, and this will hold for a while. Super stuff.

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