Vine Snippets

Pruning is an important element in our vineyard management for the ultimate wine,

Imposing disciplined growth patterns helps vine management, and ensures consistent yields and the healthiest, best grapes possible.  We aim to create even crop loads and a balanced leaf canopy, with enough leaves to fuel the plants, but not so many that the fruit is overly shaded.

We ensure that each vine has the right number of fruitful buds to provide the right crop level, and that the grapes have plenty of aeration to avoid fungal diseases.

At Grand Mayne we use the Guyot System, promoted by Charles Guyot in the 1860s.

This system can have one or two canes and spurs. The canes are tied to wires and the buds on the cane grow in to the vine’s canopy. This results in good leaf exposure for photosynthesis and evenly spread fruit beneath the trellis.

We pride ourselves on using modern techniques, but it’s interesting to see that we still rely on some traditional basics that have been practised for over 150 years.

Busy at the vineyard

If you have a spare 120 seconds, take a look at our video of January’s activity at the vineyard here.

We may not be allowed to leave our homes, but we can at least imagine being with Mathieu and the team amongst the vines and in the winery.

Our latest wine quiz

Test your knowledge and judgement on wine trivia, with our quick wine quiz here.

Pour yourself a glass of your favourite wine, as that’s bound to help you get the right answers.

Better still, share it with a couple of friends (socially distanced!) and see which of you scores best.  For each of the 28 statements, all you need do is call TRUE or FALSE. Any score over 25 deserves a big pat on the back, or another glass of wine …

The answers can be found here.

Reserve white wins Gold

Delighted to announce that our reserve white wine has been awarded another gold medal.  The splendid judges at The Drinks Business selected our 2017 Reserve white within its Global Masters series. This wine is one of my favourites, so it would have had my vote too. Well done Mathieu and team.

Sauvignon 2019 released

This is another white that we’re proud of, winning Silver this year in Paris. Warm, dry weather in May and June 2019 reduced the risk of disease. The summer was very hot, but with the right amount of rain coming just at the right times. A perfect vintage.

This is a really attractive wine: a little more tropical than 2018, and full of intense fresh flavours.  Order here

(We will release the 2018 red soon, along with the two Reserve wines from that vintage. In the meantime we still have a good supply of the fabulous 2017 red.)

Harvest begins

The little rain we had at the vineyard at the end of last week will help with the red wines later in the month, but it’s the white grapes and the reds for the rosé that we started to pick this week in near perfect conditions.

It was sunny but not too hot with cool nights. This combination is essential for freshness, and the grapes had a perfect balance between fruit and acidity.

With the temperatures back over 30 degrees this weekend, we were keen to make the most of the opportunity.

Can music make wine taste better?

We’re all looking for that perfect harmony of food, wine, place, mood and company. Some may have experienced it at a Michelin starred restaurant, others in their garden with a simple but perfectly formed barbecue or a great pizza with friends.

Professor Charles Spencer of Oxford University has done research which suggests that matching the right music can add up to 15% to your wine drinking pleasure. Click here to find out more.

Not surprisingly, the theory is that lighter, high tempo music adds to the enjoyment of lighter wines like Sauvignon and more textured richer music with rich reds like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mathieu our winemaker has his choices here if you want to find out more. Do you agree? I hope it provides some inspiration this weekend! We’d love to hear your choices too.

August BBQs at the vineyard

We finally launch our 2020 barbecues at the vineyard on the 7th and 28th of August. Please note  bookings are required!

We are eager to see you again for these unforgettable and convivial evenings !

PROGRAM :

  • Tasting of all our cuvées and exceptional discounts !
  • Concert by Peter & Simon Lane
  • Local products Tapas
  • Aperitif products from Le Comptoir de Marguerite
  • Amazing duck meals from La Ferme du Canard in St Sernin
  • Goat cheeses from la Ferme de Lirau
  • Deserts & vegetarian options cooked by Lydie from The Old Bookshop
  • From 6.30 PM
  • This year BOOKING IS REQUIRED !
  • Book by email at domaine@grandmayne.net
  • By phone at +33 5 53 94 74 17

FOR YOUR SAFETY :

  • Bookings for a better management
  • Smaller tables with more space in between
  • Always outside
  • No more glass service, only bottles
  • Management of the queues
  • Disinfectant products at your disposal