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2024 - 2038
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Franc-Mayne has a powerful nose of baked black cherries, stewed plums and boysenberry preserves, plus hints of mocha, hoisin and tapenade. The medium to full-bodied palate has impressive freshness to lift the rich, ripe black fruits, supported by soft, rounded tannins, finishing with lingering exotic spice notes.
The 2020 Franc-Mayne has quite a serious bouquet, backward at first, the opening to offer blackberry, bilberry and candied orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, and quite sweet and fleshy, although I would like to see more tension and grip on the rather glossy finish by the time of bottling. Two bottles tasted, one showing a little more persistence than the other.
This is a medium-bodied red with blackberry and walnut character. Rather subdued on the finish.
100% Merlot. Cask sample.
Round and relatively inexpressive with just a hint of red fruit. Palate firm and chalky-dry. Clean finish but fruit seems hidden and it would be good to have another dimension. Difficult to gauge. (JL)
The 2020 Franc-Mayne is an exotic, heady wine. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, licorice and espresso lend an air of dark, sepia-toned beauty throughout. Plush, silky and generous, the 2020 is wonderfully deep and layered. Those qualities continue to emerge effortlessly over time. This large-scaled, ample Saint-Émilion has so much to offer.
Flowers, spice, wet earth, cigar box, dark red fruits and spice come through on the nose with ease. On the medium-bodied palate. the wine is fresh, sweet, juicy, refined and elegant, finishing with soft, polished, silky red fruits. 91-93
The 2020 Château Franc Mayne is a dense, rich, powerful Saint-Emilion based mostly on Merlot, although it includes a splash of Cabernet Franc. Lots of ripe black fruits, iodine, iron, and leafy herb notes define the nose, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a rich, dense mid-palate, ripe tannins, and just a mouth-filling, satisfying style that should keep for two decades or more.
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
Polished, juicy and with grip. A little austere right now, but this has layered blueberry and black cherry fruits, drawn out by waves of liquorice and slate. Last year with director Martine Cazenave in charge before retirement. Winemaker Sophie Mage used to work with Artemis Estates in the Rhône. 18 months in new oak barrels, wood casks, amphoras and ovoid concrete vats.
Drinking Window 2028 - 2040