Perennially one of the greatest value wines or list. The father and son team of Paul and Cedric Valade make a wonderful wine from the up and coming Cote de Castillon appellation, where the clay limestone soils are similar to the best parts of St Emilion . Complex, generous, full flavours of dark crisp cassis fruit mixed with gravel, smoke, earth, roasted meat herb and menthol characteristics.
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.
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.