- Château Franc-Mayne
- St Emilion
- 2026 - 2042
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 Franc-Mayne has quite a serious bouquet, backward at first, the opening to offer blackberry, bilberry and candied orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, and quite sweet and fleshy, although I would like to see more tension and grip on the rather glossy finish by the time of bottling. Two bottles tasted, one showing a little more persistence than the other. Drink 2027 - 2039
Wine Advocate, May 2021,
Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Franc-Mayne has a powerful nose of baked black cherries, stewed plums and boysenberry preserves, plus hints of mocha, hoisin and tapenade. The medium to full-bodied palate has impressive freshness to lift the rich, ripe black fruits, supported by soft, rounded tannins, finishing with lingering exotic spice notes. Drink 2024-2038
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Franc-Mayne is an exotic, heady wine. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, licorice and espresso lend an air of dark, sepia-toned beauty throughout. Plush, silky and generous, the 2020 is wonderfully deep and layered. Those qualities continue to emerge effortlessly over time. This large-scaled, ample Saint-Émilion has so much to offer. Drink 2030 - 2050
Goedhuis, May 2021,
90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc An exciting discovery for us this vintage, this wine is the very essence of merlot exuding its joyous charm. Lots of dark chocolate, plums and black berries. Full rich and rounded, the tannins have a silky volume to them and the fruit a warming sweetness. The light dose of acidity is perfectly judged and takes the wine through the palate to give length and character. Certainly a wine to watch out for.
James Suckling, April 2021,
This is a medium-bodied red with blackberry and walnut character. Rather subdued on the finish.
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Flowers, spice, wet earth, cigar box, dark red fruits and spice come through on the nose with ease. On the medium-bodied palate. the wine is fresh, sweet, juicy, refined and elegant, finishing with soft, polished, silky red fruits.
Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
Round and relatively inexpressive with just a hint of red fruit. Palate firm and chalky-dry. Clean finish but fruit seems hidden and it would be good to have another dimension. Difficult to gauge. (JL) Drink 2026 – 2032
An exciting discovery us here at Goedhuis. This is another estate coming of age with some incredible investment and a dynamic young team. In 2018 it was sold to new owners, the Savare family, who saw the potential of these exceptional soils. Seven hectares of vines sitting on an incredibly diverse patchwork of limestone, clay, sand and marl, which all excelled in 2020. The considerable investment, and the appointment of expert, Thomas Duclos, who also consults for Ch Canon, has effected a transformation.
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.