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2023 Château Saintayme En Primeur

Noémie Durantou, winemaker for L'Eglise Clinet, Montlandrie, Saintayme, Les Cruzelles and La Chenade

Released for sale en primeur this morning, 2023 Saintayme has lovely precise, concentrated fruit on the palate and supple tannins, with complex aromatics that you may be surprised to find in a 100% Merlot (Jane Anson finds lemongrass on the nose!)...especially considering this is just £10.08 per bottle in bond. 

Offered en primeur, landing spring 2026.

Magnums available with £20 ex-VAT bottling surcharge per six, please enquire re other formats.

Château Saintayme, St.-Emilion

Producer Profile

Château Saintayme, St.-Emilion

Saintayme (known and labelled in some markets as Saintem) is from a 9 hectare parcel of vines on a long-term lease to the Durantous.  A single plot of Merlot in St-Etienne-de-Lisse, the terroir here is limestone, clay and gravel, with the vines averaging 35 years of age.

RED 2023 Château Saintayme 75cl £121 per case of 12 Château Saintayme
2023 / / 75cl
£121 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"A 100% Merlot, the 2023 Saintayme evokes aromas of dark wild berries, mulberries, licorice and pencil lead, followed by a round, supple and juicy palate with a fleshy core of fruit and dense, rich tannins that assert themselves with a structured finish. 88-90 points" Yohan Castaing,"The 2023 Saintayme is pure Merlot, as usual, picked between September 27 and October 4 and matured in 30% new oak. This is quite lush on the nose with black plum and light blueberry scents and fine purity. It clocks in at 14.6% alcohol, but that is nicely disguised. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly powdery texture, moderate weight and good balance. There’s perhaps slightly less complexity on the finish compared to the 2022 at this stage last year. 89-91 points" Neal Martin,"Medium intensity ruby, austere tannins on the opening, this has lemongrass and slate, juicy raspberry and grilled spice notes, slow and steady unrolling through the palate. Plenty to love. 92 points""The 2023 Saintayme, 100% Merlot, is a deep, serious wine. There's a real core of inner strength here. Dark red fruit, cedar, spice and dried flowers open with some coaxing, but the 2023 impresses most with its overall poise. Pretty floral overtones add brightness. The 2023 is a very fine Saintayme. 91-93 points" Antonio Galloni,"Lovely freshness and balance with berries, orange peel and crushed stone. It's medium-bodied with nice, round tannins. Pure merlot. 92-93 points"

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