Château du Mayne - 'J.L. Perromat Bordeaux' Graves Rouge 2010 (2 Left!)
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Hailing from the rightly lauded 2010 vintage, where it was almost impossible for good winemakers in Bordeaux to make lacklustre wine, this sustainable blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot from vines averaging 35 years in age.
The estate is composed of sustainable vineyards with mixed gravel, sand, and oceanic limestone which lends the wine a hint of minerality along with the fruit, which is beginning to show tertiary aromas. At this point it's bright and ready for drinking, with restrained elegance and typical mature Graves notes such as graphite, cassis, and plums. Fermented with wild yeasts for 20-30 days in concrete tanks and then aged 20% in new French oak barrels.
Annual Production: 24,000 btls per year
Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot
Terroir: Gravel, sand, and limestone
Winemaking: Native yeast fermentation for 20-30 days in concrete tanks and then aged in 20% new French oak barrels.
Drinking Window: 2012-2022
Château du Mayne is a microscopic 4 hectare estate run by Caroline and Xavier Perromat, who practice sustainable viticulture and a respect for nature. The wines here are from the smallest appellation in Bordeaux called Cérons, a subregion within Graves generally known for sweet botrytis wines. Before Caroline and Xavier took over the estate in 2012, Xavier worked with his extended family at the estate, and Caroline worked at Château Haut-Bailly.
Unlike many other places in Bordeaux, the work here is all done by hand, combining traditional viticulture with clean winemaking. They use gravity flow winemaking to treat the grapes as gently as possible, and only ferment using wild yeasts. There is also a minimal use of new French oak, and the wines show great elegance and value.