Saintayme, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2020
Available En Primeur
Hailing from Saint Emilion, Saintayme is another of the wines from the stable of Denis Durantou (sadly passed away last year) of Eglise Clinet fame. This is a delightful St Emilion, very affordable, very appealing with depth and spice in equal measure. This will age but will also drink surprisingly well in its youth, and was attractive enough to garner a remarkable score for a wine of £138 a dozen of 94-95 from James Suckling, and up to 92 from Decanter and Wine Advocate.
Saintayme is 100% merlot, and 2020 is a very good year for merlot. Nine parcels of 35-year-old vines on limestone, clay and gravel, rendering a gorgeous, entry-level Saint-Emilion with refreshing, black cherry and blueberry fruit with notes of mocha and walnut. New oak is at 30%, with 14 months ageing.
"A gorgeous red with so much black fruit and salty, mineral character. Its medium-to full-bodied with creamy, polished tannins and a long finish. The precision and fine texture is impressive. One of the best I have had for a while.
94-95 Pts, James Suckling
The 2020 Saintayme is 100% Merlot, harvested between the 28th and the 30th of September. It has an alcohol of 14.5% and is aging in French oak barrels, 30% new. Deep purple-black colored, it needs a little coaxing to unlock scents of tar, forest floor and aniseed, over a core of baked black plums, blackberry pie and chocolate-covered cherries, plus a touch of dried mint. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with muscular black fruits and loads of earthy accents, framed by firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering minty note. 63,000 bottles are expected to be made. 2024 - 2038
90 - 92 pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate
|*En Primeur - Please note, this wine is available En Primeur. The price shown is not inclusive of UK duty and VAT, which will be payable at the prevailing rate upon delivery from bond. It will be shipped in Spring - Summer 2023 and we'll contact you once they've arrived.|
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