Château La Grande Maye, Côtes de Castillon, 2005

  Château La Grande Maye

After many years of strong sales we have at last managed to secure the UK exclusivity for this great value claret. Paul Valade’s wines continue to perform well above the average for their appellation; the 2005 is perhaps the best we have ever tasted, with deep cassis on the nose, a fine structure with great clarity and balance. The tannins are finely textured and the finish long.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château La Grande Maye

Situated in the Côtes de Castillon, where the terroir is similar to the higher vineyards of St Emilion, Château La Grande Maye reminds you that Bordeaux is not just about astronomically priced classed growths. The average age of vines on this 18 hectare Estate is 30 years and consist predominantly of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The final blend spends a year in 1/3 new oak barrels and with its ripeness of fruit, grainy texture and complexity offers a value for money the rest of the world would be hard pushed to beat.

Appellation: Côtes de Castillon

These are Merlot based wines, sometimes with Cabernet Franc, that betray a fleshiness and sturdiness that can be drunk 1-5 years after the vintage. The region is named after the town of Castillon-la-Bataille, the battle that brought an end to the hundred years war.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend is usually more Cabernet dominated, however in the cooler more clayey parts of Bordeaux, namely St Estèphe, Merlot is often the more present of the two and can give outstanding results. A blend that is also used to good affect in the New World, producing alluring fruit-driven wines for short to medium term drinking.