2014 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1209659 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (4/2015)

91-93 points 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)  (4/2015)

92 points James Suckling

 The sweet plum-cake aromas match the rich — almost creamy — entry, then the crisp acidity comes through. The dry tannins are a little challenging, but there’s a lot of depth. Needs some time to soften. Try in 2019.  (2/2017)

92 points Vinous

 The 2014 Grand Mayne is quite powerful, but also closed and far less expressive than it was from barrel. Dark red cherry, rose petal, mint, cedar and spice give the wine striking aromatic delineation, but the 2014 needs time in bottle for the tannins to soften. There is good potential here. 92+ (AG)  (2/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy, with a hint of extraction as the core shows dark fig and boysenberry pâte de fruit flavors, flecked with plum skin and mulling spice notes. A solid brambly tow on the finish stretches this out, while a lingering alder hint adds range. Best from 2018 through 2028. (JM)  (3/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (10/2016)

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Saint Emilion