The merlot-dominated 2001 Château Grand Mayne is medium purple in colour, a slightly garnet rim of a medium intensity. A rather intensive nose of liquorice, dark cherries, woody spice (cloves?), stewed plums, steel and slightly alcoholic. On the palate, a steely initial entry of sweetness from primary fruit flavours of dark cherries, prunes and vanilla before progressing towards ripe prunes and a woody mid-end palate. The finish is rather harsh on a rising acidity(medium +) and rising alcohol that can be frowned upon. Medium tannins that are rather textured. Medium finish. A bit on the fence for this one.
Pleasant, good value for money. Ripe, modern nose with dark fruit, tobacco, licorice, marshmallow. Good freshness, well structured, round, soft tannins, good length. Don't think it's fully ripe yet. Will easily last for 10+ more years.
Felt fully mature when we tasted this the first night but it was still going strong when we finished it 24 hours later, so it may well have a number of years left in it. Notes of coffee and burnt cherries over fairly high alcohol levels and some residual tannins. If a guest had never tasted mature Bordeaux, I wouldn't hesitate to serve them this as a typical example. Enjoyable although not the most complex of wines.
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