2020 Ch Saintayme Grand Cru St Emilion - 6x75cl
06C0SAYM6PK _ 2020 - Ch Saintayme Grand Cru St Emilion - 6x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Saint Ayme
  • Region St Emilion
  • Grape Merlot / Cabernet Franc
  • Drinking 2026 - 2038
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available En Primeur

2020 - Ch Saintayme Grand Cru St Emilion - 6x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Saint Ayme
  • Region St Emilion
  • Grape Merlot / Cabernet Franc
  • Drinking 2026 - 2038
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available En Primeur
Case price: £69.00 In Bond
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  • Neal Martin, May 2021, Score: 87-89

    The 2020 Saintayme is more backward on the nose than expected and demands coaxing from the glass. Eventually it offers tightly wound blackberry, wild hedgerow and black truffle scents, an inviting marine/seaweed scent emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins that frame the sweet black cherry, bilberry and licorice notes. Quite linear toward the finish, it does not fan out like the 2018, although it feels long and persistent. Give this Saint-Émilion 3–4 years in bottle if you can. Drink 2025 - 2036

  • Antonio Galloni, June 2021, Score: 91-93

    The 2020 Saintayme is bright, punchy and wonderfully vibrant. Sweet perfumed floral notes, red berry fruit, cedar and cinnamon lend terrific aromatic brightness. In 2020, Saintayme is a bit nervy and less fleshy than it can be. This is the first vintage made without microbullage, a technique that was previously used in some of the tanks here. I expect that will serve it well in the years to come, as the 2020 has an extra level of purity that is striking. As always, Saintayme is a selection from a 15-hectare property in Saint-Émilion's Saint Etienne de Lys district, made with a Burgundian approach in which the wine is vinified by the owner and then raised by the Durantou family. Drink 2026 - 2040

  • Wine Advocate, May 2021, Score: 90-92

    The 2020 Saintayme is 100% Merlot, harvested between the 28th and the 30th of September. It has an alcohol of 14.5% and is aging in French oak barrels, 30% new. Deep purple-black colored, it needs a little coaxing to unlock scents of tar, forest floor and aniseed, over a core of baked black plums, blackberry pie and chocolate-covered cherries, plus a touch of dried mint. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with muscular black fruits and loads of earthy accents, framed by firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering minty note. 63,000 bottles are expected to be made. Drink 2024-2038

  • James Suckling, April 2021, Score: 94-95

    A gorgeous red with so much black fruit and salty, mineral character. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy, polished tannins and a long finish. The precision and fine texture is impressive. One of the best I have had for a while.

  • Decanter, May 2021, Score: 92

    Deep crimson colour, plenty of deep bilberry fruits, firm tannins and good tension; a lot to like about this wine. Closes in on the finish, pretty serious in feel overall, muscular, but has the deft kick upwards that you find in many limestone-led wines in the vintage. The first year with Constance and Noemie Durantou at the helm, having taken over from their late father Denis (Noemie in particular had also worked alongside him for several years as winemaker, along with cellar master Olivier Gautrat). Drink 2027-2042.

  • Jancis Robinson, May 2021, Score: 16

    Zesty and fresh on the nose with berry-fruit aromas. Round and sweet but juicy as well, the tannins light and grainy. Bit of alcohol on the finish but consistent in quality and style. Drink 2024-2030.

  • Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021, Score: 90-92

    Medium-bodied, focusing on its freshness, approachability and ripe, sweet fruits, the wine offers wet earth, flowers, red berries, oak and a soft, sweet, silky, fresh, palate presence. Made from 100% Merlot, there is a lot of charm and early drinking character here.


Château Saint Ayme

Every 10 years, the wines of St Emilion are reviewed in order to determine if they merit the quality to be labelled as a Grand Cru, Grand Cru Classé or a 1er Grand Cru Classé. In the latest rounds in 2003, Saint Ayme moved on up from regular village status to that of Grand Cru - an excellent achievement. But considering that it has the Dénis Durantou touch, it is almost to be expected.


St Emilion

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.