2016 Saintayme St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note

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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.

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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.

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Saintayme Denis Durantou Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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.

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