The 2017 Saintayme was picked from 26 September until 6 October and matured in second fill barrels. It has a lifted bouquet with red berry fruit laced with truffle and smoky aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, quite spicy for this cru with hints of truffle and liquorice towards the finish. Drink 2021-2029.
|Score: 89||Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020|
The 2017 Saintayme was picked between 29 September and 9 October, matured in 30% new oak. It has a well defined, cranberry and blackberry scented nose, very natural and elegant, the oak neatly intertwined with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly rustic tannin, but very well balanced and surfeit with charm. You could almost run away and drink this already! But for now, we should wait until at least Denis Durantou has bottled it. Drink 2021-2032.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Saintayme delivers expressive black cherries, mulberries and boysenberries scents with hints of rosehip tea, tilled soil and spice box. Medium-bodied, the palate has plenty of juicy red and black fruits with a plush texture and refreshing finish.
|Score: 90||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020|
Made of 100% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Saintayme gives gorgeous black cherries, crushed blackberries and cinnamon stick notes with hints of rose hips and lavender. The palate is medium-bodied with great elegance and freshness, textured with soft tannins and finishing perfumed.
|Score: 87/89||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Ripe fruit with chocolate, spice and hints of raisins. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Really delicious. Drink now.
|Score: 92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
A fresh and clean wine with blackberry, blueberry and salty character. Medium body and firm and silky tannins.
|Score: 90/91||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Saintayme is an attractive wine with plenty of near- and medium-term appeal. Juicy dark red and purplish fruit notes are nicely pushed forward here. The 2017 offers lovely immediacy, even if some of the fruit richness tapers off a touch on the finish. Readers should expect an especially racy, fruity style.
|Score: 89||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020|
Denis Durantou's 2017 Saintayme is plump and juicy in the glass. There is lovely depth to the succulent red cherry and plum fruit. Today, the oak does not feel fully integrated because the malos were late and, consequently, the wine went into barrel a bit later than normal. That should not be an issue in time, but it does penalize the wine a bit in the early going. As always, Saintayme is 100% Merlot. Tasted two times.
|Score: 89/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
Deep purplish crimson. Gorgeous spicy dark-fruited nose. Savoury and a little austere in fruit on the palate but finely textured. The tannins a touch dry on the finish.
|Score: 15.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
Picked from 26th September to October 6th and to be aged in barrels that have seen one vintage at L'Eglise Clinet or Les Cruzelles. Ripe, plush and sweet on the nose with juicy black cherries and just a hint of spice. The palate is generous and round, with soft Merlot tannins gently framing lots of freshly picked forest fruits. Deliciously juicy and plump, this will drink well from an early age.
|Score: 15||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
Fragrant and fresh the nose has a mix of fruits red fruit and black fruits the start of the palate is sweet. There is underlying freshness that balances lighter fragrant spicy at the back with a hint of sweetness on the finish. 2022-29
|Score: 86/88||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018|
This is good quality wine from Denis Durantou, but not generous - we are again on the more austere side of 2017 here. It needs some time to open and to show itself, taking a classical, intellectual approach and showing that even 100% Merlot can have walls. The fruit has a classical sway, with firm tannins that have a lovely sense of upward motion. Picked between 26 September and 6 October. The wine is matured in one-year-old barrels. 47,000 bottles produced.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2036
|Score: 89||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
The nose is enticing with spice and sweet plum notes and the palate is juicy and it rushes towards the palate with enthusiasm. This is a hugely attractive Saintayme and it is bright and ripe and not too dry or tannic. The freshness of the vintage is typified in this successful wine and it will be a relatively forward incarnation of this label.
|Score: 16.5||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|