- RobertR - Rare 1995 Vintage Grand Cru Classe
(Posted on 3/12/2015)Smoke, licorice, stone and fresh plum scents pair well with the silky, soft, sweet cherry, mid palate with a smooth tannin finish. This vintage is almost a collectors item and hard to find in Japan.
Château Franc Mayne was bought by AXA-Millésimes in 1984 from the nephew of a Libourne négociant by the name of Theillasoubre, who had owned it for some years, and died with no descendants. In June 1996, the château was sold to a Belgian entrepreneur named Georgy Fourcroy.
Since 2005 Château Franc Mayne has been owned by Griet & Hervé Laviale. There have been major renovations both in the main house and the wine making facilities, with a new vat house containing wooden and stainless steel vats. The property also comprises 2 hectares of underground quarries.
Production surface: 7 ha
Vine planting density: 6,000 roots per hectare
Average age of grape vines: 30 years old
Reasonable protection, double Guyot pruning system, deleafing, thinning
Harvest: manual in crates
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Double sorting: mechanically by maturation level (by Tribaie) and manually
Pre fermentation cold maceration at 9°C during 7 days
Alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel and wooden vats
Post fermentation maceration at 30°C during 15 days
Malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels
AGEING IN OAK BARRELS
In French oak barrels during 18 months
70% in new oak barrels, 30% in one-time-used oak barrels
Growing on the sediments (on Oxoline rotational racks) during 6 months
Maturation in the underground quarry during 12 months
Fining and filtering before bottling, but not for every plot