2005 Chateau GRAND MAYNE Saint-Emilion Grand Cru


Over the years, a monumental wine cellar and outbuildings have completed this vast complex bordered by long rubble stone walls. As for the vineyard of Grand Mayne, it grows in a single unit in an ideal natural amphitheatre on the hillside and at the foot of St. Émilion.
750 ML
14.5% ABV

1 in stock

A vineyard overlooked by a manor built at the end of the 16th century, Mayne can trace its 200-year history back to the Laveau family who acquired it in 1685. The attentive and loving care of Jean Laveau raised the vineyard to the highest level, as evidenced by the wine prices and praises in the Féret, the reputed 1846 Bordeaux wine directory.Together with Figeac and Soutard, Mayne was at the time one of the most important estates in St. Émilion.
With no direct heirs, the Laveau empire was eventually dispersed amongst family heirs. Various owners succeeded until the beginning of the 20th century when the Nony family became the owners of what had become “Grand Mayne.”


“A wine must reflect its terroir, its origins. We strongly believe that the uniqueness of the vineyard’s location is fundamental in the conception of a great wine. There can never be a great wine without a great vineyard.” Jean-Antoine & Damien NONY In this respect, the wines of Château Grand Mayne are completely expressive of their place of origin. They are proud representatives of the best terroirs of the western hillside and foot of St. Émilion, composed of clay and limestone. A subtle blend of merlot and cabernet franc, the wines of Grand Mayne combine the power of fruit, elegant tension and finesse. Known for their excellent ageing potential, the recent vintages of Château Grand Mayne are now more open and accessible in their early years.

Vinous – 94 Points

The 2005 Grand Mayne has a broody bouquet, quite closed compared to the 2004 with black rather than red fruit, laced with chimney soot and tobacco scents. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, bold structure and superb acidity keeping everything tied together. Plenty of energy here, white pepper and clove notes towards the vibrant, Tuscan-tinged finish, completing one of the finest Grand Mayne releases in recent years. Superb. Tasted at the Grand Mayne vertical at the property. vinous.com —Antonio Galloni

Wine Advocate – 93 Points

Classic aromas of blueberries, cedar, vanillin, black currants, and spring flowers jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored St.-Emilion. Broad, rich, jammy fruit flavors compete with the full-bodied, highly-extracted style that exhibits moderate tannin as well as excellent overall harmony and purity. This cuvee tends to be made in a dense, chewy style, and the 2005 may ultimately rival Grand-Mayne’s brilliant 1998. Anticipated maturity: now-2022. A sleeper of the vintage. Apr/2008 —Robert Parker, Jr.

Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points

Big wood, big fruit—there are no half measures here. The wine is spicy from the tannins and wood, the fruit is densely black with red berry tinges, and the power is evident throughout. This wine has weight. Jun/2008 winemag.com —Roger Voss

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