Vignobles Mayard Chateauneuf du Pape Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Vignobles Mayard Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting notes, wine, and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards, and winemaking. If you want to read about other important wineries and winemakers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Vignobles Mayard History, Overview

Vignobles Mayard has a long history in the Southern Rhone Valley that dates back to 1898, the year the estate was created. The vineyards were replanted after the Phylloxera crisis destroyed much of Europe’s vines.

While the family of Gratien Mayard immigrated to America following the devastation of their vineyards, Gratien Mayard remained in Chateauneuf du Pape.

The son of Gratien Mayard, Alphonse Mayard founded Clos du Calvaire, which earned fame as they were one of the first wineries in Chateauneuf du Pape to produce, bottle, and sell wine under their own name.

To celebrate that fact, the Mayard family created a special wine as an homage to their achievement. Vignobles Mayard is still owned by the direct descendant of the founder today and is managed by Marie Louise and Alphonse Mayard.

Vignobles Mayard Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Vignobles Mayard is a large estate with 43 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Their vineyards include 8 hectares of vines planted in the famous La Crau lieu-dit.

40 hectares are used for red wine grapes. 3 hectares are reserved for the growing of white Chateauneuf du Pape grape varieties. Vignobles Mayard also owns a small parcel of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation. As well as being wine producers, the Mayard family also owns a negociant company.

Vignobles Mayard completed a massive renovation of their wine-making facilities, cellars, offices, and tasting room in 2011. That same year, Vignobles Mayard brought in Philippe Cambie to help consult on their winemaking and vineyard management.

Vignobles Mayard produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 1 white Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

Vignobles Mayard Clos du Calvaire is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault from vines that are 40 years of age on average. The terroir is galets and limestone. The wine is aged in cement vats. Close to 3,500 cases are produced each vintage.

Vignobles Mayard Domaine du Pere Pape is produced from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, and 5% Mourvedre. The vines are more than 50 years of age on average. The wine is aged in foudres for 12-18 months before bottling. The annual production is close to 5,500 cases per vintage.

Vignobles Mayard Domaine du Pere Pape In The Groove is clearly the most interesting, or oddest wine I have seen in ages. The wine is exactly the same as the regular Pere Pape, except that one of the vats was vinified with a waterproof speaker in the vat allowing the wine to listen to Jazz whilst fermenting for a 45 day period of time.

Vignobles Mayard La Crau de Ma Mere is their top wine. The blend is usually 60% old vine Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah. As you can surmise, the vines are planted in the famous La Crau vineyard.

The grapes are 100% destemmed. The wine is aged in foudres for 12-18 months before bottling. The Mourvedre and Syrah can be aged in French oak barrels while the Grenache is always aged in foudres. Production is close to 750 cases per year.

Vignobles Mayard Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Crau de Ma Mere is a blend of 30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, 8% Roussanne and 2% Picpoul. The wine is aged in a combination of 50% stainless steel tanks and the remainder is aged in French oak barrels and demi-muids.

When to Drink Vignobles Mayard, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Vignobles Mayard can be enjoyed on the young side. 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.

Vignobles Mayard is usually better with 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages, the wine should be consumed within 5-15 years after the vintage.

Serving Vignobles Mayard with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

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

Vignobles Mayard is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, grilled meats, barbecue, and cassoulet. Vignobles Mayard is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, pasta, eggplant, and tomatoes.

The white wine of Vignobles Mayard is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork, and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

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Vignobles Mayard Wine Tasting Notes

26 Vintages 55,048 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2021
91
Floral in nature, the sweet red fruits are accompanied by licorice, and spice. Fresh, forward, and fruity with a touch of salt to the juicy kirsch, this is already showing quite nicely. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2024 - 2030.

Floral in nature, the sweet red fruits are accompanied by licorice, and spice. Fresh, forward, and fruity with a touch of salt to the juicy kirsch, this is already showing quite nicely. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2024 - 2030.

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2021
90
Strawberries, kirsch, and black raspberries, with a touch of licorice create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, vibrant, forward and fruity, finishing with herbs, olives and spicy red berries. This will be easy to enjoy on release. The wine blends 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 3% Cinsault and 2% Counoise. Drink from 2024-2028.

Strawberries, kirsch, and black raspberries, with a touch of licorice create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, vibrant, forward and fruity, finishing with herbs, olives and spicy red berries. This will be easy to enjoy on release. The wine blends 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 3% Cinsault and 2% Counoise. Drink from 2024-2028.

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2020
91
Lush, fruity, silky and polished with a base of ripe juicy, sweet kirsch, and black cherry with touches of cocoa and pepper. Vibrant and refined, with a polish to the tannins in the finish, this should show well on release and age for at least a decade. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022-2032.

Lush, fruity, silky and polished with a base of ripe juicy, sweet kirsch, and black cherry with touches of cocoa and pepper. Vibrant and refined, with a polish to the tannins in the finish, this should show well on release and age for at least a decade. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022-2032.

1,292 Views   Tasted
2020
91
Flowers, herbs and peppery kirsch notes pop in the nose. The wine s fresh, vibrant and racy with a bright character in the finish. The wine blends mostly Grenache with Syrah, % Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022-2029.

Flowers, herbs and peppery kirsch notes pop in the nose. The wine s fresh, vibrant and racy with a bright character in the finish. The wine blends mostly Grenache with Syrah, % Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022-2029.

1,691 Views   Tasted
2019
93
Roses, olives and spice box notes add nuances to all the ripe, red fruits. Earthy, with garrigue and spice. Luscious, soft and silky on the palate, the wine is long, fresh and vibrant on the palate and in the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022 - 2033

Roses, olives and spice box notes add nuances to all the ripe, red fruits. Earthy, with garrigue and spice. Luscious, soft and silky on the palate, the wine is long, fresh and vibrant on the palate and in the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022 - 2033

1,545 Views   Tasted
2019
93
Luscious, soft, polished sweet cherries wine hints of chocolate and herbs. The wine finishes with elegantly textured red fruits and a nice spicy note on the backend. This should drink well on release. The wine was made using 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. Drink from 2022 - 2034

Luscious, soft, polished sweet cherries wine hints of chocolate and herbs. The wine finishes with elegantly textured red fruits and a nice spicy note on the backend. This should drink well on release. The wine was made using 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. Drink from 2022 - 2034

1,561 Views   Tasted
2019
92
The interesting thing here is that the wine for most intents and purposes is the same as the standard Pere Pape, except that inside one vat, they placed a waterproof speaker allowing the wine to listen to Jazz during its first 45 days of life during the fermentation process. At the end of day, a musically inclined medium-bodied, sweet, fresh, red berry filled wine with a silky finish. Drink from 2023 - 2033

The interesting thing here is that the wine for most intents and purposes is the same as the standard Pere Pape, except that inside one vat, they placed a waterproof speaker allowing the wine to listen to Jazz during its first 45 days of life during the fermentation process. At the end of day, a musically inclined medium-bodied, sweet, fresh, red berry filled wine with a silky finish. Drink from 2023 - 2033

3,072 Views   Tasted
2019
92
Medium-bodied, elegant, sweet and fresh, the red berries and pit fruits are soft, refined and silky, leaving with layers of ripe, juicy cherries on the nose and palate. Sweet and silky, with freshness and purity, the wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2023 - 2033

Medium-bodied, elegant, sweet and fresh, the red berries and pit fruits are soft, refined and silky, leaving with layers of ripe, juicy cherries on the nose and palate. Sweet and silky, with freshness and purity, the wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2023 - 2033

1,885 Views   Tasted
2018
93
Medium-bodied, spicy and fresh, with an earthiness and touch of brett on the nose, clearly the wine offers depth, richness and layers of ripe, red, peppery fruit on the palate and in the finish to end things quite nicely.

Medium-bodied, spicy and fresh, with an earthiness and touch of brett on the nose, clearly the wine offers depth, richness and layers of ripe, red, peppery fruit on the palate and in the finish to end things quite nicely.

1,358 Views   Tasted
2018
92
Fruity and fresh with black raspberries, herbs, cherries and earthy notes, the wine is medium-bodied, herbal, olive-stained and leafy, ending with a sweet, juicy, silky kirsch note in the finish.

Fruity and fresh with black raspberries, herbs, cherries and earthy notes, the wine is medium-bodied, herbal, olive-stained and leafy, ending with a sweet, juicy, silky kirsch note in the finish.

2,047 Views   Tasted
2018
91
Round, fruity, lush and forward, all the luscious red fruits and spice here taste as good as they feel thanks to all the ripe Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and the large amount of Cinsault in the blend.

Round, fruity, lush and forward, all the luscious red fruits and spice here taste as good as they feel thanks to all the ripe Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and the large amount of Cinsault in the blend.

2,537 Views   Tasted
2017
92
Soft, silky, juicy and fresh, with an appealing jolt of cherries, spice, garrigue and earth, the finish is all about the fresh, juicy, cherries that linger. The wine was made using 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah.

Soft, silky, juicy and fresh, with an appealing jolt of cherries, spice, garrigue and earth, the finish is all about the fresh, juicy, cherries that linger. The wine was made using 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah.

3,054 Views   Tasted
2017
91
The garrigue is strong here, and so are the sweet, dark, plush cherries and spice on the lushly textured palate and perfume. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault.

The garrigue is strong here, and so are the sweet, dark, plush cherries and spice on the lushly textured palate and perfume. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault.

2,061 Views   Tasted
2017
91
Medium-bodied, soft, refined and juicy, with a nice core of sweet, peppery red cherries on the nose and palate. The wine was made using 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.

Medium-bodied, soft, refined and juicy, with a nice core of sweet, peppery red cherries on the nose and palate. The wine was made using 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.

2,413 Views   Tasted
2017
90
Spicy dark red fruits, spice and earthy notes with a nice sweetness to the fruits, herbs and olives, along with early drinkability make this quite a spicy, little charmer. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

Spicy dark red fruits, spice and earthy notes with a nice sweetness to the fruits, herbs and olives, along with early drinkability make this quite a spicy, little charmer. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

2,571 Views   Tasted
2015
92
Polished, sweet and fresh, there is an elegant texture to the juicy, sweet kirsch that is complicated by spicy notes and soft, round tannins. The finish delivers a bowl of fresh, juicy, cherries. The wine was made using 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah.

Polished, sweet and fresh, there is an elegant texture to the juicy, sweet kirsch that is complicated by spicy notes and soft, round tannins. The finish delivers a bowl of fresh, juicy, cherries. The wine was made using 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah.

3,477 Views   Tasted
2015
91
A nice mineral note pops right up, just before you find the lush, red fruits. Sweet and silky, with freshness and purity, the wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

A nice mineral note pops right up, just before you find the lush, red fruits. Sweet and silky, with freshness and purity, the wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

3,064 Views   Tasted
2015
90
Earthy, with garrigue and spice. There is a sweetness and elegance to the fruit, polished tannins and freshness in the finish, making this a really fine wine. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

Earthy, with garrigue and spice. There is a sweetness and elegance to the fruit, polished tannins and freshness in the finish, making this a really fine wine. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

3,035 Views   Tasted
2014
90
A success for the vintage, the wine is medium bodied, finesse styled, and shows a strong kirsch note, spicy red fruits and pepper in its already open and drinkable character. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

A success for the vintage, the wine is medium bodied, finesse styled, and shows a strong kirsch note, spicy red fruits and pepper in its already open and drinkable character. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

1,733 Views   Tasted
2014
89
Medium bodied, soft, forward, fresh, sweet, round, textured wine that is going to be ready to drink on release. The red berry filled wine leaves you with a spicy, black raspberry note in the finish.

Medium bodied, soft, forward, fresh, sweet, round, textured wine that is going to be ready to drink on release. The red berry filled wine leaves you with a spicy, black raspberry note in the finish.

1,802 Views   Tasted
2013
91
Baked cherries and spice, with soft textures and a forward attitude, ending with a splash of kirsch and pepper accompanied by lush textures.

Baked cherries and spice, with soft textures and a forward attitude, ending with a splash of kirsch and pepper accompanied by lush textures.

1,726 Views   Tasted
2013
91
Flashy, lusty, red fruits, with freshness and a peppery, floral, thyme and cherry nose, this is tasty from start to finish. This wine was a new discovery for me. I'm looking forward to tasting future vintages of it.

Flashy, lusty, red fruits, with freshness and a peppery, floral, thyme and cherry nose, this is tasty from start to finish. This wine was a new discovery for me. I'm looking forward to tasting future vintages of it.

1,812 Views   Tasted
2013
89
With a nice shot of fresh, sweet cherries in the nose, this forward, silky, smooth medium bodied wine.

With a nice shot of fresh, sweet cherries in the nose, this forward, silky, smooth medium bodied wine.

1,894 Views   Tasted
2012
91
Medium bodied, forward, fresh blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah delivers a spicy, floral, black raspberry and thyme infused character that drinks well young.

Medium bodied, forward, fresh blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah delivers a spicy, floral, black raspberry and thyme infused character that drinks well young.

2,430 Views   Tasted
2010
92
Richly textured, luscious, sweet, fresh, ripe, red fruits, coupled with aromas of flowers, licorice and peppery spices are easy to find. There is no reason to wait to pop a cork with this beauty.

Richly textured, luscious, sweet, fresh, ripe, red fruits, coupled with aromas of flowers, licorice and peppery spices are easy to find. There is no reason to wait to pop a cork with this beauty.

2,301 Views   Tasted
2009
93
Just a super wine with loads of fleshy, sweet, ripe, plums, cherries, spice and thyme. The wine offer good concentration, supple textures, freshness and a blast of fruit in the finish.

Just a super wine with loads of fleshy, sweet, ripe, plums, cherries, spice and thyme. The wine offer good concentration, supple textures, freshness and a blast of fruit in the finish.

3,359 Views   Tasted