Peter Maude Fine Wines
2021, Château Saintayme, SAINT-ÉMILION Grand Cru
$27.60 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.
This always modestly priced cuvée comes from a 9 hectare parcel of 35 year old Merlot vines in Saint Etienne de Lisse, on the eastern side of Saint-Emilion.
Beautiful juice here, cool, measured, reserved, precise blue fruit and gunsmoke reduction, with sinew and just a touch of swagger. 92 Jane Anson.
The 2021 is 100% Merlot as always, harvested from 28th September to 11th October. Bright ruby colour. Very fragrant, with cherry blossom and sweeter juicy plums. Super airy and lifted on the palate, this is a juicy, moreish and approachable wine. There is a little chalk and grip for now, but this should integrate nicely through elevage and make this delicious in the mid term. Cedar and fresh red berries linger on the finish. 89-92 Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, London.
The Durantou family's 2021 Saintayme derives from soils rich in large stones in Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse. Offering up aromas of sweet blackberries, liquorice and spices, it's medium-bodied, lively and charming, with a fleshy core of fruit and fine, powdery tannins. 88-90 William Kelley.