Château Franc Mayne - 2016
An extremely rainy winter and spring generously filled the groundwater table, allowing the Saint Emilion vineyard to obtain its supply during the very dry summer. Only 15 mm of water fell in August. Clay and limestone soils are well-suited to the vines because of their ability to retain and redistribute water reserves. They play a regulating role; especially the soils rich in limestone which, like a sponge, supply the vines on demand. Throughout this year, with its contrasting climate, from one extreme to the other, the older vines, with their more developed root systems, hardly suffered from the summer drought.
“Beautiful deep red colour with glints of purple.
The already expressive nose is characterized by vanilla and oaky notes mingles with scents of crushed blueberries with a hint of spice.
The palate is perfectly balanced with a remarkable freshness and a beautiful tannic structure. It develops fresh red fruit flavours, continuing into a remarkably long finish with a hint of oak. Franc Mayne 2016 is accessible in its early years, while retaining real ageing potential.”
Sophie Mage, Technical Manager
- Area 5.8 hectares in production
- Terroir Limestone plateau, hillside, clay, sand on clay
- Average age of vines 30 years-old
- Grape varieties 90% merlot - 10% cabernet franc
- Yield 40 hl/ha
- Production 229 hl before blending
- Harvest 30 September to 12 October.
- Alcohol content 14% vol.
- Ageing 50 % new French oak barrels and 50% used French oak with a total of 14-16 months barrel ageing.