Chateau Franc Mayne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2020

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The 2020 Franc Mayne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is the highest ever rated for the winery, but could also be a foreshadowing of what’s to come. The Chateau which saw a renaissance starting with their 2005 sale, has had an influx of money poured in since the Savare family took over in 2018.

The founder of a large French digital security firm, Jean-Pierre Savare has poured a lot of time and money into the Chateau in his quest to see it ascend to the very top of the Grand Cru Classe. There was a huge vineyard renovation in an effort to bring out the richness of the different soil types, and to develop the wines’ style towards a greater expression of the terroir. Needless to say, the move has paid off.

For the last few vintages they’ve been on a complete tear, but nothing quite on the level of 2020 where they delivered Vinous’ top QPR value in all of Bordeaux with a perfectly balanced masterpiece that I would have to think is the very best under $50 bottle of the vintage. Antonio Galloni thought so, and he tasted over 800 from the vintage. I’ve probably worked my way through 100 or so of the 2020s so far, and I can tell you that apart from the big boys, nobody is touching this for the price.


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96 Points, Antonio Galloni – Vinous
The 2020 Franc Mayne is dense, resonant and beautifully explosive in the glass. Sumptuous dark red/purplish fruit, rose petals, mint and lavender all saturate the palate. The heady Saint-Emilion really delivers the goods. There’s plenty of energy and tension to balance the more forward nature of the Merlot. Superb.

94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2020 Château Franc Mayne is a dense, rich, powerful Saint-Emilion based mostly on Merlot, although it includes a splash of Cabernet Franc. Lots of ripe black fruits, iodine, iron, and leafy herb notes define the nose, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a rich, dense mid-palate, ripe tannins, and just a mouth-filling, satisfying style that should keep for two decades or more.


96 Points, Galloni – Vinous – 94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

The 2020 Franc-Mayne is an exotic, heady wine. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, licorice and espresso lend an air of dark, sepia-toned beauty throughout. Plush, silky and generous, the 2020 is wonderfully deep and layered. Those qualities continue to emerge effortlessly over time. This ample Saint-Émilion has so much to offer.”

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