In the glass, the wine has an opaque purple color, almost black in the center, with flashes of red near the edge. The classic “Right Bank” nose unfurls with black currants, griotte cherries, ripe plums, and fresh truffles. On entry the wine is powerful yet succulent, building to a firm, rich mid-palate, loaded with a cornucopia of black and red fruit flavors that echo the nose, all lightly seasoned with nutmeg, fresh white tobacco, black tea, and cocoa, and framed in ripe, dense, velvety tannins. Perfectly integrated fruit acidity carries the flavors through a long, elegant finish.
About this wine producer: Château Roque Le Mayne has been in the Meynard family for three generations. The property is on gently rolling hills of Castillon, a "satellite" of Saint-Emilion. Jean-François Meynard is the current proprietor, managing his 14 hectares with in "lutte raisonée," and harvesting manually with (some would say) obsessive sorting when the fruit arrives at the winery. The vines grow on the clay-limestone plateau above the right bank of the Dordogne, on the same ridge, and only a few kilometers away from vineyards that produce the most expensive wines in Saint-Émilion.