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This Saint Emilion from the Durantou family is labelled "Saintayme" or sometimes "Saintem". This always modestly priced cuvée comes from a 9 hectare parcel of 35 year old Merlot vines in Saint Etienne de Lisse.
Cooler soils can be a little austere in this structured vintage of 2020, and you'll find angular tannins on the opening beats, speaking of the limestone, along with salinity, energy and clear purity of blueberry and raspberry fruit. Lovely, a lyrical take on St Emilion limestone from the Durantou family, Olivier Gautrat director. The first year with Noemie Durantou as winemaker, having taken over from her late father Denis. Cellar master Olivier Gautrat.
A gorgeous red with so much black fruit and salty, mineral character. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy, polished tannins and a long finish. The precision and fine texture is impressive. One of the best I have had for a while.
The 2020 Saintayme is 100% Merlot, harvested between the 28th and the 30th of September. It has an alcohol of 14.5% and is aging in French oak barrels, 30% new. Deep purple-black colored, it needs a little coaxing to unlock scents of tar, forest floor and aniseed, over a core of baked black plums, blackberry pie and chocolate-covered cherries, plus a touch of dried mint. The full-bodied palate is densely packed with muscular black fruits and loads of earthy accents, framed by firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering minty note. 63,000 bottles are expected to be made. 2024 - 2038
Picked between 28th and 30th September, production will be a little over 5,000 cases in 2020. Coming in at 14.5% abv, it will be aged in 30% new oak. Deep ruby colour. The nose is rich and ripe with cherry and plums, layered with just a hint of spice. The palate is fleshy and rounded, bursting with red fruit. There is real mid-palate weight, tempered by lightly crunchy but ripe tannin. There is a savoury spice that lingers in the background to add complexity through to a long finish.
100% Merlot. Brand from the Durantou (L’Eglise-Clinet) stable. Cask sample.
Zesty and fresh on the nose with berry-fruit aromas. Round and sweet but juicy as well, the tannins light and grainy. Bit of alcohol on the finish but consistent in quality and style. (JL) 14.5%
Drink 2024 – 2030
(100% M; 14.5% ABV; 30% new)
Soft, sweet, and fragrant to smell; full, supple, very gently tannic; flowing, lesser St-Emilion, with a lovely juicy core, just a touch of tannin, and with excellent fruit length. 2023–33+.
Deep crimson colour, plenty of deep bilberry fruits, firm tannins and good tension; a lot to like about this wine. Closes in on the finish, pretty serious in feel overall, muscular, but has the deft kick upwards that you find in many limestone-led wines in the vintage. The first year with Constance and Noemie Durantou at the helm, having taken over from their late father Denis (Noemie in particular had also worked alongside him for several years as winemaker, along with cellar master Olivier Gautrat).
Drinking Window 2027 - 2042