A spherical, authoritative almost New World like St-Emilion. Has aged well. Fullish aromas of dusty mulberries, coffee, spice, minerals, earth, blackberries and plums. Full.bodied powerful and muscular palate which has some elegance nonetheless. What is impressive is its brooding, spectacular, potent, blackfruited and cedar mid palate with good acidity. Ends long, savoury and impressive with soft tannins. Gorgeous!
Amazing nose of sweet black fruit - almost new world! Plums and a hint of meat and black olive in the mouth, a great match to roast chicken (stuffed with haggis...), very long slightly tannic finish, good for another 5+ years.
Medium deep starting to turn brown. Mellow plum and red berry fruits with cedar and tobacco. Elegant, medium bodied with good balance. Still youthful with soft tannins on finish. Drunk with strongly herby lamb and potatoes. Would have been better with a more powerful wine, try with plainer dish next time. 4+/5
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(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.
(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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