“Winning Gold in Paris is like winning an Oscar”. Established in 1870, the ‘Concours Général Agricole’ (CGA) is a French competition providing a unique platform for ‘agricultural’ products such as cheese and wine. Winning a Gold medal in Paris is a bit like winning an Oscar, so we were over the moon when we heard that our soon to be released 2018 Sauvignon had won a Gold this year. The wine will be available first to Club Grand Mayne members and then on wider sale from around June, as we think that the wines taste best when they’ve had a few months in bottle.
The popular Ashe Park Summer Garden Party will be on Sunday 23 June 2019. We’d love to see you here, so please save the date. This year it will feature the first opportunity to taste all the new vintages along with a special auction of some old vintages and magnums. More details on the fun and formalities to follow!
If you have not been before, it’s a great opportunity to meet the Grand Mayne team in the beautiful surroundings of Ashe Park, wander round the gardens and grounds, and taste the range of wines from your vineyard with fellow Grand Mayners.
As well as more details on the Garden Party, we’ll update you soon on the events at the vineyard over the summer.
The most important sale ever!
it’s a great time to bag some fabulous bargains from our January 2019 Sale, whether you choose delivery to your door or dash over to collect from our Calais warehouse and save even more money. You’ll also beat any price increases in February.
If you haven’t been there, the Calais warehouse is just 5 minutes from the tunnel leaving lots of time for a delicious lunch before you return. Many of our customers join together with friends to fill their boots on some great bargains even without these special sale prices, and the tunnel crossing is great value at his time of year.
Here are the Sale wines:-
2017 Sauvignon – Save 10% in Calais or 5% in UK
2017 Rosé – Save 5% in UK only
2016 Merlot Cabernet – Save 10% in Calais or 5% in UK
2012 Reserve Merlot Cabernet – Save 10% in UK only
2012 Reserve Sauvignon/Sémillon – Save 20% in Calais and UK
2013 Reserve Sauvignon/Sémillon – Save 20% in Calais and UK
2014 Reserve Sauvignon/Sémillon – Save 20% in Calais and UK
Minimum order for UK sale wines is 12 bottles. For those wishing to collect from the vineyard, the same savings are available on these wines.
With best wishes for 2019 from the whole team at Grand Mayne.
If ordering for Calais or Vineyard collection all we ask is you collect before 31 May 2019 on this offer. Also Franglais Vins has changed their name to Oliviers Vins!
Every year Mathieu has the opportunity to make a small amount of a wine that is the best that he can make from the vineyard in that particular vintage. Free of the restrictions of the appellation, in 2012 the wine was dominated by the small amount of Syrah we have in the vineyard. Then in 2015 the fabulous Cabernet was given a strand of elegance from the small amount of Chenin Blanc we have.
So what did Mathieu do with the equally fabulous 2016 vintage?
The good news is that he’s made another great and really unusual wine made entirely this year from the Cabernet Franc grape which was so good that he just didn’t want to blend it with anything else! And he’s particularly excited about it as it’s a wine that goes back to his roots in the Loire where (until now!), the best examples of the grape come from.
From very low yields in the best part of the limestone vineyards at the estate, it’s been aged in oak barrels for a year and then bottled.
So what does Cabernet Franc taste like? Mathieu’s tasting notes are “A nose of ripe fruits combine with mint and pepper notes. Smooth and fruity flavours followed by a feeling of freshness and hints of spice. Excellent balance. An expressive and sophisticated wine. It will be great too to tuck away for a few years. But it won’t disappoint either if you can’t resist to try it sooner”.
And the bad news? To ensure it was something special, Mathieu was only able to make a very small quantity – just 300 six bottle cases, which is a lot less than last year. And when it’s gone, it’s gone forever.
We’re just a little pleased, as we heard this week that we had won the coveted Coup de Coeur award in Bordeaux on Monday evening.
Alongside some of the great vineyards of Bordeaux at the Best of Wine Tourism event at Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, Domaine du Grand Mayne were awarded the Coup de Coeur for their achievements in developing and encouraging Wine Tourism at this prestigious ceremony.
The award was given for a combination of the quality of the wines, visitor experience, successful crowd funding campaigns and the many ideas that bring wine to life at the estate for everyone. These include photography lessons, kids wine label design competitions and a very popular barbecue with music and wine tasting that ran throughout the summer.
General Manager Mathieu Crosnier said “It’s great for our vineyard in the little known Côtes de Duras to be recognised alongside such illustrious names from both Bordeaux and around the world, and this award is a real credit to the small dedicated team at Grand Mayne. We look forward to welcoming more and more visitors to our beautiful estate as a result”.
For more information see the following:
With all the wines in the cellar following the harvest, we asked Mathieu to give an insight in to the 2018 vintage at Domaine du Grand Mayne:-
Every time I have a baby, we have a difficult vintage! And from January to September, i was again sure of it. My first son, Baptiste was born in 2013 which was a vintage with lot of rain, and a strong hailstorm during the harvest. Despite that we made some good wines and especially the reserve white and I’ve kept some for his 18th birthday. My second son Camille came at the end of June.
So 2018 started with lot of rain from January to early July. It just didn’t seem to stop. Rain, rain and more rain. It was difficult to manage the pressure of disease in the vineyard (which resulted in a serious loss on Merlot), and difficult for the vineyard workers and the mind of all of us. It was a very hard few months. And then a day after the rain stopped, came hot and dry weather without a drop more rain from July to September which saved the vintage after the horrible start. But this too was very hard to manage.
Then came the harvest. I always change my mind several times during the harvest but never as much as this year. We started with a crazy rush with all the whites maturing at the same time. And then the waiting for the reds.
The level of sugar of the Merlot was going up strongly but the skins were not matured yet. Do we pick the grapes because the level of sugar is high or do we wait for matured skin?
As a huge part of the quality of a red is in the skin, we decided to wait. And as I always say the level of sugar and the level of acidity are just one part of the quality of a berry. The most important is the balance and the quality of the skin.
So without a lot of questions in our heads, we changed our mind several time, sometimes 3 or 4 times in the same day. But at the end, I think we took the right decision. The work in the cellar was done well to extract the best without extracting the hardest tannins and the result will be very good.
And it’s in this kind of vintage that we recognize the best terroirs because at the end, despite all these difficulties, the wines are fabulous.
The whites and rosé are very well balanced with a beautiful freshness. And the reds are reacting very well in the cellar. Even the Merlot that I felt earlier to be not sensational is looking good. In fact all the wines are a really good surprise, with beautiful balances and structure.
It was hard work all year for all the team here but worth it!
We have arranged a series of dinners where Mathieu has matched the food with the wines and we look forward to seeing you, but remember that space is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!
Monday 12th November. Caledonian Club, London, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR. This fabulous private members club adjacent to Hyde Park Corner in the heart of Belgravia is the starting point for the tour with a menu designed to show at it’s best the charm and elegance of the 2016 vintage. 7.00pm for 7.30pm. 3 course menu with all wines @ £75. Click here to book.
Tuesday 13th November. Kingswood Golf and Country Club, Sandy Lane, Kingswood, Tadworth, KT20 6NE. We’re delighted to be back at this ever popular venue in Surrey where we have a large number of long standing customers. 7.00 pm for 7.30pm. 3 course menu with all wines £49. Click here to book. Please note that there will be a pre dinner tasting at this event from 6.30pm. Why not book a stay in the Lodge at the special rate of just £109. Please quote Grand Mayne when booking rooms direct with Kingswood.
Wednesday 14th November. The Olive Tree Restaurant at The Qeensberry Hotel, Russel Street, Bath, BA1 2QF. Join us to celebrate the recently awarded Michelin star to sit alongside the 4 AA Rosettes, at what is one of the West of England’s finest restaurants where Chef Chris Cleghorn who trained with Heston Blumenthal and Michael Caines amongst others, will be creating a very special menu to go with the wines. 7.00pm for 7.30pm. £79 including all wines. Click here to book.
The Cabernet Franc is now safely in which only leaves the Cabernet Sauvignon to harvest. The rain at the beginning of the week was good for the maturation of this parcel, and Mathieu hopes to have this completed on Friday. Another year’s crop safely in and more to follow on the quality of this vintage.
The Merlot harvest started at the end of last weekend and it was exciting to spend the weekend working on the reds. The aroma of yeast and fermentation filled the winery. Its fantastic!
By Monday the Merlot was mostly in the cellar and we could start working on remontage or “pumping over” and Pigeage or “punching down”. Remontage is the process of pumping red wine up from the bottom of the tank and over the skins so that the carbon dioxide is pushed to the surface and released. In Pigeage we break up the skins that form at the surface and submerge them to extract colour, tannins, flavour and aromas from the grape solids.
Problem for this years Merlot are the thick skins which struggled to ripen while sugar levels rose but time will tell regarding quality.
Tuesday started very cold, with a sense of winter in the air and temperatures of just 1 degree but it was back to focusing on whites and we put the 2018 Reserve in barrel with high hopes of another great wine.
After a few days without picking at Grand Mayne when the atmosphere was very calm and strange, today we were back in to crazy mode picking the perfect grapes for the rosé from Cabernet Sauvignon.
We had the right maturity with citrus aromas in place of the green pepper of last week. Soon back to the Merlot for the reds!