Chateau Haut Mayne, Graves, 2012 – Bronze Medal Winner

£6.79

Clean, crisp and complex Graves with elegant balance and structure. Lovely aromas and flavours of lemon, vanilla and mango with nuances of pineapple, elderflower and herbs. Semillon dominated; this grape really comes through on the nose giving a pretty floral touch to the citrus flavours. The palate is nicely rich and full with a slight spritz and good acidity balancing it all out. A minerally touch to the lemony complexity all melds together wonderfully.

77% Semillon, 19% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Muscadelle. 12% abv. 75cl.

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haut mayne paysChateau Haut Mayne’s magnificent vineyard is situated right in the heart of the Sauternes area in the little village of Cerons. The terroir here is truly exceptional with a protective micro-climate created by the surrounding streams; the famous deep, gravely soils and the perfect exposure facing south/south east. Renowned for its sweet whites this region also produces dry whites under the Graves AOC, of which it is part.

Cerons’ history has been linked to the vine since Roman times and the village was once a port used to export both the wine that had become well known, as well as the oak barrels that would provide a good living for local artisans.

haut mayne verreHaut Mayne is a very old property and was once part of the ancient ‘Mayne’ vineyard which stretched away to just short of Chateau d’Yquem in Sauternes on an elevated plateau. Haut Mayne is now part of the Taillan Group, owners of several prestigious Grand Cru Classe chateaux (2nd Growth Gruaud Larose, 2nd Growth Sauternes Broustet, 3rd Growth Ferriere and 5th Growth Haut Bages Liberal to name a few). Chateau Haut Mayne takes its place in the Taillan ‘Vignobles de Terroirs’ collection. These are their flagship properties that display the very best qualities of each appellation represented and benefit from the Taillan Group’s ‘know how’ and expertise.

Because of its good structure Chateau Haut Mayne will lend itself to a wide range of foods from fresh water fish through to chicken feathered game and pork. It goes well with steamed clams, mussels and langoustines, most appetizers and salads as well as spicy Thai and Cantonese cuisine.

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