Saintayme St. Emilion Bordeaux, The Complete Guide

Saintayme Denis Durantou

Learn everything about Saintayme St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Saintayme History, Overview

Saintayme in Saint 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.

Denis Durantou has continued expanding his holdings in the Right Bank over the past few years as he has acquired not only Saintayme, but vineyards in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation that produce Chateau Les Cruzelles and Chateau Chenade as well as Chateau Montlandrie in the Cotes de Bordeaux.

With Saintayme, the vines are not owned by the Durantou family. The vineyard is on a long-term leasing arrangement.

Saintayme Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 9-hectare vineyard of Saintayme is planted to almost 100% Merlot. There is also a small percentage of Cabernet Franc planted here. Located in the increasingly popular commune of Saint Etienne de Lisse, here you find the cooler soils of that sector are also the home for Valandraud and Chateau Fleur Cardinale. The vineyard of Saintayme is in 1 single parcel.

The terroir is limestone, clay, and gravel soils, similar to what you find at many top Saint Emilion vineyards. On average, the vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The vines are old at close to 35 years of age.

The wine of Saintayme is produced by the same technical team that makes all the wines for Denis Durantou. The wine is vinified in small, temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats. According to Denis Durantou, the reason is for better control of yeast and bacteria. aged in 30% new, French oak, barrels for an average of 14 months.

The Best Vintages of Chateau Saintayme are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2012.

The production here averages close to 3,500 cases per vintage. Saintayme is a new project for Denis Durantou. Currently, the wine sells for a song, making it one of the better value Right Bank wines from this increasingly expensive region.

When to Drink Chateau Saintayme, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Saintayme is better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

Chateau Saintayme is best enjoyed in the first 4-12 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Saintayme, with Wine and Food Pairings

Saintayme is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Saintayme is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Saintayme is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Saintayme Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Medium-bodied, focusing on its freshness, approachability and ripe, sweet fruits, the wine offers wet earth, flowers, red berries, oak and a soft, sweet, silky, fresh, palate presence. Made from 100% Merlot, there is a lot of charm and early drinking character here. 90-92 Pts

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2019 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Floral, earthy and smoky, with the addition of licorice and vanilla, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, sweet and juicy, with layers of ripe, dark plums, cherries and cocoa. Soft and silky, with richness and approachability, this 100% Merlot wine lingers with all its freshness and fruit in the finish. 90-92 Pts

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2018 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and floral, with brightness and lift to the sweet red pit fruits on the nose and palate. The red fruits carry through to the finish with tobacco leaf and spice tones. The wine is always made from 100% Merlot. Give it a few years of age and it will be even better. 91 Points

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Luscious plum and licorice form the core of the wine. It is medium bodied, fresh, ripe, forward and easy to like with all its elegant, red cherry and plum charms. The wine is always made from 100% Merlot. Give it a few years of age and it will be even better. 89-91 Pts

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2017 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Red fruits with a hint of earth and citrus on the front end. In the middle, you have a medium-bodied palate that offers spicy, red fruits, cocoa and another dash of that entertaining citrus in the finish. This forward wine was produced with 100% Merlot. You can enjoy this early in life. 89 Points

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2016 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Much better from the bottle than in barrel, the wine is round, soft, fruity and fresh an earthy, truffle, licorice, cocoa, smoke and plum character. This is quite nice and it sells for a song. 91 Points

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Made by Denis Durantou and produced from 100% Merlot, the wine offers a sweet, juicy, straight ahead plum and licorice nose. An early drinker with more depth and sweetness than normally found at Saintayme, there is a dusty, easy to like finish. 89 Points

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2015 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Produced from 100% Merlot, this Denis Durantou wine delivers licorice and black cherry notes with round textures and a supple, forward, medium-bodied, charming quality. This will provide nice, early drinking pleasure. 90 Points

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2014 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Produced from 100% Merlot, this wine, made by Denis Durantou, offers an easy drinking, soft, round, open style with black cherry, licorice and chocolate in the end note. Drinkable on release. 87-89 Pts

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2013 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

From 100% Merlot, the medium-bodied, spicy, red berry wine is an early-drinking, well-priced quaffer that is perfect for restaurants. 84-86 pts. 85 Points

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2012 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

From 100% Merlot, aged in 30% new French oak, the wine is focused on cherries, black raspberry, stone and spice, ending with sweet, dark red berries and black cherry notes. 87-89 Pts

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2011 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

From 100% Merlot planted on limestone and gravel soils and managed by Denis Durantou, this medium-bodied, round-textured wine ends with spicy, bright cherries. 85-87 Pts

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