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The Appellation

Château Mayne Blanc is located in Lussac Saint-Émilion, whose fame of wines was spread to as far as England in the olden days, even though it was once destroyed by foreign invasion and rebuilt by the Benedictine monks in the 13th century.

This production area with its geographical features was established by ‘Lucius’ during the Roman times when he first imported and planted its first vine.

The amphi-theater shaped Lussac Saint-Émilion facing south equips its vineyards with naturally good drainage and plenty of sunlight (slopes).

Merlot flourishes in the sandy-clay and limestone soil of Lussac Saint- Émilion.

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The Vineyard

Château Mayne Blanc is a magnificent vineyard located in Lussac Saint-Émilion, on the right bank of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, the very heart of the Bordeaux wine producing region.

The unique geographical location of Château Mayne Blanc provides it with plenty of sunlight, and also conditions for the massive planting of Merlot. Its great terroir gives its wines subtle aromas, while its noble and elegant architecture makes it one of the most classic representations of wine producing estates of the area.

Its vineyard soil is made up of clay-limestone, covering a surface area of 21 hectares, having 85% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec.

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The Viticulture

During the first three years of a plantation, the rows and the aisle between the vine trees are worked out in full to promote the rooting of the vines. Décavaillonnage (gently loosening the soil) and grassing control under the rows are practiced.

Traditional methods are followed and strict field management instilled, e.g. control of the yields and balance of the vine status with natural grass, thinning out of leaves.

During harvest, grapes are machine-picked and sorted in the cellar to conserve the fruit and its aromas. Harvest is carried out in an orderly and efficient manner by selecting the best plots according to their quality and maturity.

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The Grapes

The vineyard is planted with 85% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec.

MERLOT

Merlot is responsible for much of the appeal of red wines from the Saint-Émilion areas nearby to the Lussac Saint-Émilion. Taking exceptionally well to the terroir of the area, the grapes ripen early and easily. Merlot grapes are harvested early in order to maintain the acidity and produce more medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol levels that have fresh, red fruit flavors (raspberries, strawberries) and potentially leafy, vegetal notes. Whereas late harvesting is to gain physiological ripeness and produce inky, purple colored wines that are full in body with high alcohol and lush, velvety tannins with intense, plum and blackberry fruit.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Cabernet Sauvignon encompasses a broad range of potential flavours; with ripening bringing blackcurrant and even cassis flavours. The blackcurrant notes are often seen with black cherry and black olive notes in Bordeaux, they tends to be full-bodied wines with high tannins and noticeable acidity that contributes to the wine’s aging potential. Our exacting standards mean that only the finest, perfectly ripened Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are added to Château Mayne Blanc's reds.

CABERNET FRANC

A distant relative of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc buds and ripens at least a week earlier and is often used to blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style. Cabernet Franc delivers complex fragrance and wonderfully perfumed raspberry and blackcurrant flavours to Château Mayne Blanc's wines.

MALBEC

Malbec grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The Malbec grape is a thick-skinned grape and needs more sun and heat than either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to mature. It ripens mid-season and can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends.