2014 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
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. (AG)
Barrel Sample. 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. (RV)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (NM)
Features a good core of plum and blueberry fruit, accented with sweet spice and gentle toast. Exhibits a rounded feel throughout, featuring ample fruit without being overly extracted. (JM, Web-2015)
A balanced and refined young wine with chocolate, berries and a spice undertone.
Lovely fruit clarity here - bold, sweet but not confected - pure pleasure. Then the palate is surprisingly fierce in tannin, giving a grainy, mouth-coating texture. While the fruit is very tempting to drink now, this is one to lay down for a rainy day. (RH)