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Franc Mayne

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
Grand Cru Classé
Griet Van Malderen-Laviale and Hervé Laviale
One reaches Château Franc Mayne by going along a long drive with Merlot vines on either side. Located on the Côte de Franc, which gave its name to the estate, part of the vineyard is steep and part is on the limestone plateau. The topsoil consists of a thin layer of clay with limestone outcrops. Traces of an ancient Gallo-Roman road run alongside the property and a former coaching inn bears witness to the steady flow of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

The owners felt that the grapes needed a worthy architectural and technological showcase so they built a new vat room (with small stainless steel and oak vats to ferment fruit from each plot separately) as well as a new first year cellar in 2005. The wines finish ageing in former underground quarries. These magical cellars, spread out over more than two hectares, are visited by thousands of wine enthusiasts every year.

The château also features a 12-room boutique hotel and a natural swimming pool. Franc Mayne epitomises everything that has made Saint-Émilion world-famous!

Château Franc Mayne ANG
14 La Gomerie (RD243)
+33 (0)5 57 24 62 61
The Château in figures
Area under vine

7 hectares


28,000 bottles


Clay-limestone on the plateau and slope, clay-sand at the foot of the slope

Grape varieties

90 % Merlot

10 % Cabernet franc

Barrel ageing

18 months

New barrels: 60-80%

Second wine

Les Cèdres de Franc Mayne