Chateau Saintayme Saint Emilion 2020
The 2020 Saintayme is every bit as charming as it was en primeur. Racy and layered in the glass, this mid-weight Saint-Emilion is quite open and accessible today. Crushed red berry fruit, spice, white pepper, rose petal and a touch of new oak are all nicely put together. I would give this a few years to come together, as the tannins are a bit nervy today. There's terrific energy and vibrancy here. Pretty floral accents liven up the finish.
Based on 100% Merlot, the 2020 Saintayme showed well, offering up lots of red and black fruits, graphite, and dried herbs. Slightly closed and backward, it opens up with air and is medium-bodied, has good mid-palate density, and firmer tannins on the finish. Based on 100% Merlot, it's going to benefit from just a year or two in the cellar and will put a smile on your face any time over the following 7-8 year. This is a perennial terrific value.