Chateau Grand Mayne 2014

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Wine Enthusiast 94 - This is a structured wine, with solid, smoky tannins. It has a strong core of dryness, tough at the edges even if rich in the middle. Blackberries and dark plum skins dominate the fruit flavors. It is going to develop well, although slowly. 

Wine Advocate 93 - The 2014 Grand-Mayne has a fragrant bouquet, perhaps more refined than in recent years with dried rose petals and incense fusing with the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity and a gentle build towards a vivid, lightly spiced finish that maintains impressive delineation, perhaps less extracted and more precise than wines of the past. This is a superb Grand-Mayne that represents a subtle change in tack for the estate—one that this writer approves of. Tasted on three occasions and consistent every time.
James Suckling 92 - The sweet plum-cake aromas match the rich — almost creamy — entry, then the crisp acidity comes through. The dry tannins are a little challenging, but there’s a lot of depth. Needs some time to soften. Try in 2019.
Wine Spectator 91 - Fleshy, with a hint of extraction as the core shows dark fig and boysenberry pâte de fruit flavors, flecked with plum skin and mulling spice notes. A solid brambly tow on the finish stretches this out, while a lingering alder hint adds range. Best from 2018 through 2028. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
Decanter 90 - Creamy fruit. Supple texture. Little more tender this year. Finely woven tannins. Persistent finish. 90 - Always reminding me of the Left Bank, the 2014 Château Grand Mayne shows a powerful side of Saint-Émilion and its Right Bank roots. The wine offers black fruit, sweet oak, and a rich texture. The finish delivers pleasure and would pair nicely with a well-marbled steak. 
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