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All the new bottlings of the unoaked varietal wines will provide you with some great summer drinking. The 2015 Sauvignon is ripe and pure, the Rosé is delicate, fresh and dry, whilst the 2014 Merlot Cabernet is luscious and soft.

But we’re also really fond of the 2014 Sauvignon. And if you want to grab a bargain we’ve reduced the price on the last few cases by €1 a bottle in Calais.

If the reserve wines are your thing, then you’ll find that the 2012 vintages of both white and red are drinking beautifully.

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Where to drink

You’ll find Grand Mayne wines now in pretty well all of the local restaurants in Duras as well as an increasing number further afield like the Michelin starred La Tour des Vents near Bergerac where we’re often the only Duras wine on the list.

Closer to home you can order Grand Mayne at an ever increasing number of great restaurants and Gastro pubs.

List of restaurants serving Grand Mayne

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Personalise Your Presents

Wine makes a great gift at any time, but wine with your message on the bottle must make for the perfect personalised Christmas gift.

Here at Domaine du Grand Mayne we can turn an already fabulous wine into something even more memorable with a message of your choice on the label. Order before Nov 20th for delivery to any address in the UK or collect from our warehouse in Calais, to make your gift one that will not be forgotten.

The choice of message is yours but we advise keeping it brief so that it looks good on our minimalist designed labels – perhaps ‘Merry Christmas 2015’ across the top and if you are thinking corporate then the name of your company along with the logo in the bottom corner?

Whatever you want we will try and accommodate it. However, time is running out so we need to know what you require along with which of our superb wines – our fresh, dry white Sauvignon, our pale pink Rosé or our soft, juicy and smooth Cabernet Merlot – you wish to personalise.

In the UK our varietal wines cost just £7.95 (inc.VAT) including delivery, and personalising them is just 20p a bottle more. However, if you fancy a trip to Calais then you can save on duty and each bottle will cost just €5.83 (approximately £4.16) plus 20 per bottle for personalisation.

To discuss your requirements and to place your order, please ring Richard Boden now on: 01256 772898 or email: Richard.boden@grandmayne.net. Don’t forget the absolute deadline to personalise your presents this Christmas is November 20th.

Small print: All prices and personalisation, subject to a 12 bottle minimum. Personalisation subject to a minimum cost of €50 (£35).

Kind regards

The Grand Mayne Team
01256 772898

It’s even easier to buy wine with our new online shop

We’re delighted to let you know that our online shop has launched and people are already buying their wine online. It’s really simple… go to http://www.domaine-du-grand-mayne.com/ and hover over ‘Shop’ in the main menu. You’ll get three options: UK Shop (to have it delivered to your home or collect from our offices), Calais Shop (to collect your wine at Calais) and Vineyard Shop (to collect your wine from our vineyard). Pick whichever you want and start shopping!

To use our online shop you’ll need to create an account. There is a button on there to set this up and many of you will already have your login details. If you have questions, or get stuck, however, just contact richard.boden@grandmayne.net

Why can’t I taste apples? Should you sip or gulp when wine tasting?

There’s nothing worse that sitting at a wine tasting listening to everyone around you enthusing about tasting apples when all you can taste is… well… wine! Is being able to taste all these flavours the sign of a real wine expert, or something that one can learn?

A recent article in The Telegraph (19th September 2015) reported on a controversial new study that stated that the taste of wine varies greatly, depending on the size of the sip taken.

The article stated:

“While taking a small slurp can produce grassy, woody and even almond flavours in a white wine, a larger gulp can transform it into a blast of citrus and flowers.”

According to the scientists behind the research, this is because wine releases different quantities of chemicals, known as volatiles, in the mouth depending on the volume of liquid tipped in. These chemicals influence the way it tastes.

We all know that the smell of wine is important and it does, indeed, influence the way we experience the taste of wine. However, the researchers found that human saliva fundamentally changes the way volatiles are released from wine, producing quite different flavours in our mouths than we would expect from smelling the wine. This explains why, sometimes, we smell something very different from the eventual taste.

As you would expect, this research has caused a stir within the wine community. Many commentators have suggested that it will change the way wine tasting is conducted in the future.

However, Victoria Moore, the Telegraph’s wine critic, made a valid point when she said that it would be very hard for drinkers to accurately regulate the amount they took with each sip for it to make any meaningful difference.

“Everything we do changes the way we taste the wine, whether it’s the type of glass we use to the amount we pour into the glass. But sniffing remains one of the most important ways we detect flavours,” she said, adding:

“It’s hard enough to persuade people not to fill their glasses to the top because you lose the aroma of the wine which produces so much of the taste, never mind them remembering to alter the size of their sips.”

But what impact does (or should) this have on your glass of wine at home? Day-to-day, probably very little. However, this study suggests that you could enjoy far more sensory pleasure from your glass of wine simply by varying the size of your sips.

The researchers recommend small sips to taste baked apple, apple pie and floral flavours associated with Chardonnay, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc, while larger sips detect the flavour of berries, cherries, grapefruit and honey.

We’d be interested to hear your views on this, and the flavours you can taste in Domaine du Grand Mayne wines, depending on how you taste them.

Full details of the research can be read here.

Calais collections

We feel really guilty mentioning Christmas when it’s only just October, but with wines for both everyday drinking and special occasions we wanted to provide you with plenty of time to plan both your own drinking and wine gifts this Christmas.

This is especially important if you want to save lots of money by collecting wines for you and your friends from Calais.

Buying from Calais can typically save you around £30.00 a case, and it couldn’t be easier, with our Franglais Vins warehouse just 5 minutes from the tunnel exit. And we’ve had lots of reports lately which confirm that there are currently no delays or problems at Calais to deter you. Current rates are £30 return with P&O or £60 on the tunnel. There’s also still time to order personalized labels by calling Richard Boden on 01256 772898.

“Just to let you know that the collection of my wine order all went very smoothly last week end and could not have been easier as it is just 10 minutes away from the Eurotunnel terminal.” Alistair Bird, London

“We were a little apprehensive knowing of all the trouble with the migrants etc. but although our visit only took in Cite Europe and Franglais Vins we saw no trace whatsoever of any form of trouble, migrants or illegal immigrants” Brian Parfitt, West Sussex

 

Record-breaking Seedrs launch for community wine project, Domaine du Grand Mayne

French vineyard and award winning wine maker Domaine du Grand Mayne has gone public on Seedrs today, with the highest number of investors during soft launch that the crowdfunding platform has ever experienced.  The business is already almost 50% to its target for funding.

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