Château Franc Mayne - 2018
The vintage was marked by extreme and contrasting climatic conditions with very high humidity followed by a hot, dry summer.
Crop-protection measures and soil maintenance showed the know-how and precision of the teams in the vineyard, and the spraying programme remained judicious. The harvest dates were determined row by row, to adapt to the specific characters of the terroir. Simple vinification, respectful of the raw material, revealed all the aromatic character of the vintage.
“”An intense crimson colour with purple reflections. Still quite discreet on the nose, but good depth with notes of fresh red fruit, crushed raspberry, prolonged by liquorice and violet. On the palate, the wine is precise and taut with a tight tannic structure and balanced by a remarkable freshness. It reflects the aromatic palette found on the nose, combining generosity and energy, with very persistent retro-olfaction giving length to the developing wine, which will gain even more density and complexity during bottle ageing.”
Sophie Mage, Technical Manager
- Area 7 hectares
- Terroir Limestone plateau; hillside, clay, sandy clay
- Average age of vines 20 years
- Grape varieties 90% Merlot - 10% Cabernet Franc
- Yield 45 hl/ha
Château Franc Mayne : 35,000 bottles
Cèdres de Franc Mayne : 6,000 bottles
from 11 to 20 September for the Merlot
and 17 October for the Cabernet Franc
- Alcohol content in 2018 14.1% vol.