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Chateau Franc Mayne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018  - First Bottle


94 Vinous -
The 2018 Franc-Mayne is vibrant, lifted and full of energy, just as it was en primeur. Freshly cut flowers, rose petal, mint, sage and lavender abound. Medium in body and wonderfully translucent, Franc-Mayne has a ton to offer. It is one of the more elegant, classy wines of the year.
94 James Suckling -
Aromas of cherries, plums, flowers and cedar. It’s full-bodied with very fine tannins that show finesse and polish. Lovely length. The tannin texture is excellent. Extremely well done. Try after 2024.
92 Jeb Dunnuck -
Based on 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Château Franc Mayne is a pretty, complex, medium to full-bodied Saint-Emilion revealing lots of red and blue fruits, flowers, spice, and sappy herb/sous bois-like nuances. With considerable elegance and purity on the palate, this is a more ethereal, seamless wine, delivering terrific tannins, a juicy yet integrated spine of acidity, and outstanding length. It's certainly the finest wine I've tasted from this estate to date, and the 2019 also looks to be another great vintage here, so this is an estate to keep your eye on.
91 Wine Enthusiast -
With 90% Merlot, this wine has density and ripe, jammy fruits. Dark chocolate and firm tannins contrast with the fruitiness, giving the structure for this solid wine to age. Drink from 2026.
91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Franc-Mayne comes wafting out of the glass with a compelling perfume of raspberry preserves, baked plums and boysenberries plus hints of cinnamon stick, rose hip tea and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers juicy red and black berry flavor layers with a soft texture and plenty of freshness, finishing spicy.

Technical Details

  • Blend95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc
  • WinemakerSophie Mage
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationSaint-Emilion
  • Farming MethodOrganic Practices
  • Alcohol14%

Chateau Franc Mayne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018

Merlot  |  France
VN94, JS94, JD92, WE91, WA91

Organic Practices
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The Savare family took over this charming property in 2018, and has taken this property from strength to strength. Anyone following this estate knows how tremendous recent vintages have been. Pulling for three distinct areas of Saint-Emilion, Franc Mayne perfectly expresses the appellation and its diverse solid types of limestone, clay, sand and marl.

This wine is pretty freaking spectacular if we do say so ourselves. Deep purple and aromatically explosive with blueberry, blackberry, black raspberry, chocolate and a myriad of florals - white, red and violets. While dark and deeply extracted, it is simultaneously light on its feel, quite mineral, fine and elegant. The flavors are brilliantly clean, and pure with red plum, blackberry, black raspberry and spice nuances.

Young St. Emilion can be a little...HUGE in their youth, but Franc Mayne's new release bucks that. It’s so fun and balanced and silky-rich. While it lasts...!

PAIRING IDEAS: So good with a seared pork chop, with mushrooms (morels if you are feeling spendy), all basted up in butter and miso and a bit of soy and hoisin.

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: An oldie but a goodie - “Lawyers, Guns and Money” by Warren Zevon!