Saintayme in St. Emilion is the property of Denis Durantou. Denis Durantou is best known for producing one of the best wines in the Pomerol appellation with Chateau Leglise Clinet. The vineyard of Saintayme is located in the increasingly popular commune of Saint Etienne de Lisse. The cooler soils of that sector are also the home for Valandraud and Chateau Fleur Cardinale . The vines of Saintayme are in on a single plot. The terroir is limestone, clay and gravel soils, similar to what you find at many top Saint Emilion vineyards. The vineyard is planted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc . However, most of the vineyard is planted to Merlot grapes. On average, the vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare.
Produced by the Durantou family, the 2019 Saintayme is a Saint-Émilion derived from soils rich in large stones in Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse. Offering up aromas of sweet raspberries, raw cocoa, spices and rose petals, it’s medium to full-bodied, bright and lively, with a fleshy core of fruit and fine, powdery tannins that assert themselves on the finish. This will reward a bit of bottle age. It’s 100% Merlot, all planted on vigor-reducing riparia rootstocks. [90+ Points, William Kelley – March 2021 robertparker.com]