“We’ve had some great times at Grand Mayne: happy memories and some even better wines”Jacqui McArthur, Berkshire

Vineyard

There are lots of reasons why our wines taste good, but one of the key reasons is the quality of the land (“terroir” in French).

The vineyards benefit from occupying just one integrated area around the cellars, with soil that is 80 percent clay and sand, and 20 percent limestone. These are soils that are ideally suited to the production of top quality wines, especially when the summers and autumns are very dry. Because the substructure of the vineyard is clay, the soil retains water deep in the ground to feed the roots. This means that the vines do not suffer from a lack of water once they are established. Their deep root growth also improves the physiological maturity of the vines and the grapes.

The climate is dictated by the Atlantic but Grand Mayne’s position in the valleys of the Lot and Garonne provide a protected site and special micro-climate. The rainfall is below the regional average, especially in summer.

Vines are the prescribed noble grape varieties for the appellation Côtes de Duras: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for the white wines; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for the red wines. They are planted on south and west facing slopes.

• The surface area 34 hectares (1 hectare = 2.5 acres)
• White grapes Sauvignon 11ha, Sémillon 1ha
• Red grapes Merlot 12ha, Cabernet Sauvignon 5ha, Cabernet Franc 5ha
• Vines per hectare 3300 vines