Chateau Saintayme Saint Emilion 2018
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Emilion|
The wine of Saintayme is produced by the same technical team that makes all the wines for Denis Durantou. The wine is vinified in small, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats. According to Denis Durantou, the reason is for better control of the yeast and bacteria. aged in 30% new, French oak, barrels for an average of 14 months. The production here averages close to 3,500 cases per vintage. Saintayme is a new project for Denis Durantou. Currently, the wine sells for a song, making it one of the better value Right Bank wines from this increasingly expensive region.
Emerging from the talents of Denis Durantou, the 100% Merlot 2018 Saintayme should be snatched up by readers who want a brilliant, delicious Bordeaux to enjoy over the coming decade. Terrific notes of black cherries, kirsch, flowery incense, cedarwood, and tobacco all define the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with silky tannins and a ripe, hedonistic, yet balanced style that's a joy to drink.
Aromas of blackberries, chocolate, cherries, pine needles and bark follow through to a medium to full body with refined tannins and a juicy, nicely fruity finish. Try after 2024.
Denis Durantou's 2018 Saintayme is especially fine in 2018. Bright, floral and energetic, Saintayme really shines. In fact, I can't remember a recent vintage with this much finesse. The tannins need time to soften, but there is plenty of radiant fruit waiting to emerge. I won't be surprised if the finished wine is even better than this note suggests. Tasted two times.
Warm plum sauce and raspberry reduction flavors give this a lush and seductive feel, with well-embedded apple wood and anise notes adding detail on the polished finish. Drink now through 2028. 3,916 cases made.
Produced by Denis Durantou of Château L'Eglise Clinet, the 2018 Saintayme is made of 100% Merlot with 30% new oak and 14.5% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with plum preserves, crushed blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with hints of lavender, unsmoked cigar and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals beautiful freshness and elegance with soft tannins and loads of mineral sparks on the finish.