Cedric and Paul Valade work tirelessly at this estate to produce serious but affordable wines that are firm favourites of J&B staff and customers alike. Beautiful purple fruit perfume, cranberries, crème de cassis and wood spice. Bright, crunchy bramble fruit with ripe tannins. As ever this is balanced and far more complex that its price would suggest. 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
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.