Quite tight on the nose with hints of black fruit and violet. Really juicy, soft and persistent in the mouth with none of the greenness that has affected so many of the more humble wines. Good value.
The Saintayme is a pure Merlot picked between 7th and 11th October, raised in 30% new oak. It has a very refined bouquet with dark cherries, blackberry and a touch of violet that shows great clarity and the oak is deftly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with a grainy entry. The acidity is noticeable, lending freshness and bite, with a subtle marine-influenced finish. It does not have the weight of the 2009 or 2010, but it is a very fine Saint Emilion. Tasted April 2013.
Pure and elegant, with bergamot and rose petal notes leading the way for red currant, cherry and raspberry fruit. Offers subtle spice and toast shading on the fine-grained finish. An understated style. —J.M.
A firm and juicy wine with a lovely texture and fruit. Medium body, with silky tannins and a chocolate, cream and berry aftertaste. 100% Merlot.
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