THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "The wine is loaded with lusciously-textured, black cherries, licorice, cocoa, and espresso beans. The wine is rich, supple, long, and fresh with a depth of flavor, freshness, lift and elegance and a salty mineral essence in the finish. The wine sports a new, updated label. The wine was made from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2026-2045."
THE WINE ADVOCATE: "Superb as the 2020 was, the 2022 Franc-Mayne appears to represent still another step up in quality for this seven-hectare clay-limestone terroir. Offering up aromas of dark berries, plums, raw cocoa, violets and bay leaf, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and fleshy, with a pure and vibrant core of fruit, supple tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. The label marks this estate's first year of organic certification."
JAMES SUCKLING: "A fresh and bright pure merlot with velvety tannins. Always in place. Some salt and chalk, too. Medium to full body. Made from organically grown grapes."
JEB DUNNUCK: "Beautiful aromatics of red, blue, and black fruits, as well as tobacco and leafy herbs, emerge from the 2022 Château Franc Mayne, a youthful, unevolved, yet pure, concentrated 100% Merlot barrel sample. The tannins here are ripe and nicely integrated, and it has plenty of mid-palate depth as well as outstanding length, all pointing to this being a brilliant wine in the vintage. Tasted twice."
DECANTER: "Juicy, approachable and bright, a lovely purity of fruit with well-integrated tannins. On the lighter, more delicate side in terms of tannic impression and fruit density, just at the point of ripeness but clean and clear with a lovely joyful expression. Juicy strawberries combine with bramble fruits alongside a spicy mineral bite of stones, bitter chocolate and liquorice. Feels a little charged and hot on the finish. A yield of 37hl/ha."