Denis Durantou, der står bag en af Pomerols største vine, L’Eglise Clinet, laver denne fabelagtige Saint-Emilion fra 35 år gamle Merlot-stokke i Saint Etienne de Lisse, der ligger øst for selve Saint-Emilion by. Saintayme er det lokale kælenavn for Saint-Emilion. Der laves ca. 1500 kasser årligt.
Denis Durantou foretrækker friskhed i sine vine, så selvom de er rige og koncentrerede, er det struktur og terroir, der betones i vinene.
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94 POINT - DECANTER
"A Denis Durantou wine that is 100% Merlot, located in St-Étienne-de-Lisse. Because Durantou is so attuned to terroir, you get a masterclass here on the effect of limestone. At first this is austere to the point that you are scraping your tongue along a slate wall. I know I am a fan of that style, but wow, this is intense! It showcases stunningly tight tannins, with a freshness that flows right through the bilberry and blackberry fruits. Needs time and then some."
90-92 POINT - THE WINE ADVOCATE:
"The 2015 Saintayme is pure Merlot picked between 29 September and 9 October, cropped at 45 hl/ha and raised in 30% new oak. It has a gorgeous bouquet with blackberry and cranberry fruit, a touch of vanilla emanating from the new oak that is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with good depth, a "solid" Saintayme, a pleasant chewiness with a feisty dark berry, licorice-tinged finish. This comes recommended - a fine Saint Emilion from the hands of Denis Durantou."
87-90 POINT - VINOUS:
"Denis Durantou's 2015 Saintayme, 100% Merlot, is dark, exuberant and wonderfully open-knit. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, spice and new leather give the 2015 much of its seductive, welcoming personality. The purity of the fruit is striking. Because of the protracted malos, the wines went into barrel late, and that shows the slightly angular contours that are the result of oak that has not fully integrated. There is good potential here. Harvest took place between September 29 and October 9."