The vineyards of Chateau Mayne-Vieil in Fronsac are well-established on the beautiful rolling hills overlooking the Dordogne river. The history of the estate can be traced back to the 1500s when it was owned by the de Paty family; Equerry de Paty, Lord of Mayne-Vieil built the large cellars in the 17th century. In 1860 the elegant house still presiding over the vineyard was completed by the Fontemoing family, wine merchants from Libourne who owned the estate from 1732. The Fontemoings established the vineyard in Fronsac and through advanced production techniques succeded in selling wines at a higher price than those of neighbouring St Emilion for over 50 years. Since 1918 the vineyard has been owned by the Sèze family who restored and reconstructed the estate after World War 1. The single block, which can be seen from the house is planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet and totals 41 hectares.
The vineyard is planted on fairly steep slopes of clay and silt soil. The 35 year old Merlot vines are trained low and planted close together. Permanent grass cover and green harvesting keep yields low.
85% of the wine is matured in concrete vats and 15% in barrel for at least three years.
A great vintage of this wine - powerful, concentrated and already well-knit but still youthful. Packed with intense black mulberry flavoured fruit and firm but smooth tannins, the ripe fruit makes this very drinkable now and it will continue to develop more complexity over the next 5 years.
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Name Château Mayne-Vieil Fronsac Country France Region Fronsac ABV% 14% Vintage 2015 Grape Variety 100% Merlot Size 750ml Dietary Information No