California in St.-Emilion. Black color, with spice, coffee and tobacco aromas. Full-bodied and thick, with loads of fruit and velvety tannins. A blockbuster.
Author: James Suckling
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90
Deep ruby-red. Aromas of black plum, blackberry, roast coffee and spicy oak. Lush and dense but bright, with lovely inner-mouth perfume of dark berries and mint. Finishes with dusty, even tannins and very good length.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2000
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 1998 has continued to gain weight, richness, and volume. Even better from bottle than it was from barrel, this may be the most concentrated and powerful Grand Mayne yet produced. A saturated purple color is accompanied by a phenomenal nose of licorice, smoke, graphite, and cassis aromas (reminiscent of dry vintage port). This huge, massive effort is low in acidity, highly extracted, with an unctuous texture, gobs of glycerin, and a multidimensional, chewy, long finish. A dazzling wine, it is undoubtedly a sleeper of the vintage.
Medium deep ruby colour. Attractive and prominent nose, dark cherries and a bit meaty. Hint of spiciness over black fruit. Molten and smooth tannin. Absense of those heavy extracted sweetness that present often in the appellation. Balanced with fine complexity!