Saintayme, Saint Emilion Grand Cru
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100% Merlot. A joy of supple fruit and easy flow. Not complex, but hard to fault for sheer fruit. Nice acidity keeps it fresh to the finish, and the tannins are fine.
"Checking in as all Merlot and made by Denis Durantou (of l’Eglise Clinet), the stunning 2016 Saintayme knocks it out of the park. Deep purple-colored with a rock star nose of plums, black raspberries, crushed violets, and some obvious minerality, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, an elegant texture, good mid-palate concentration, and a great finish. It’s complex, elegant, and powerful. Bravo! Readers should snatch up this beauty and enjoy bottles over the coming decade." Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com
"The 2016 Saintayme was picked from 9-15 October, cropped at 50 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 30% new oak. It has a pretty blueberry-scented bouquet with just a faint touch of iris, the oak nicely enmeshed with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of white pepper on the entry, lacking a little depth on the mid-palate but nicely detailed on the finish. This is a lovely, early-drinking Saint Emilion from Denis Durantou." Neal Martin, www.vinous.com
"100% Merlot picked from 9 to 15 October. Lots of gloss. Pure polish and precision. Lots of structure. Falls away a little on the end but it's pretty smart. Masses of energy but just a tad scrawny on the end." Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com