2009 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion
*Top 100 Wines of 2012* A ripe wine, very open and smooth. The tannins are dark, but it is the fruit-blackberry and red plums-that comes right through. Look beneath this charm, and there is also a wine with more structure, perfumed and ageworthy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another St.-Emilion smart buy for consumers, Grand-Mayne has made a number of top wines (except for a short period when they had some TCA issues). This is a full-throttle effort filled with blueberry and black raspberry fruit, perhaps slightly more oak than oakaphobes would prefer, but a full-bodied, concentrated, ageworthy style. Sweet tannin, low acidity and ripe fruit suggest this well-made St.-Emilion should drink nicely for 15-20 years.
Very dark, with almost heady blueberry and plum confiture flavors at the core, wrapped with extra cassis and boysenberry notes. Long and liberally laced with toast and mocha, with a licorice snap edge on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2024.
Inky core. Dark, pure and restrained fruit on the nose with some cedary freshness. Very sweet fruit but allied with upright tannins, which increase the freshness. Good finish - juicy but becoming nicely dry at the very end.
*V At UGC: Sweet and sexy wine. Black cherry aromas and flavors. Fine richness.