Château La Grande Maye, Côtes de Castillon, 2016

  Château La Grande Maye

La Grande Maye hails from the humble hills of Castillon, yet it really is a classy little number that possesses real aging potential. Cedric kindly opened a magnum of the 1986, which is still showing plenty of primary fruit and vigour. The 2016 is produced from 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Sweet Morello cherry, loganberry, mulberry, tobacco and sweet earth. This is dense and concentrated; a large-scale Grande Maye, yet it finishes with freshness and lift.

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. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.