The Bordeaux-style blends of Mallorca’s Bodega Son Mayol – the Premier Vin Son Mayol and Grand Vin Son Mayol – are now available in Singapore.
Spanish wines are generally well travelled, with popular appellations such as the red wines of Rioja and Priorat, sparkling Cava from Catalonia, and the intense sherries of Jerez, easily found in most cities around the world. Far less well-known are the wines from Mallorca (Majorca), part of the Balearic Islands off eastern Spain. The international vacation destination is more popular for its sprawling beaches and fine seafood, but its wines are only now beginning to get some international recognition.
Indeed Mallorca is home to some over 70 wine producers, who in the past few decades have been hard at work improving the quality of their wines. And while many continue to work on the island’s indigenous grapes such as Manto Negro, Prensal Blanc, or Fogoneu, some also blend them with international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.
A bare handful, like Bodega Son Mayol, focus solely on international varieties.
Which makes total sense, because Bodega Son Mayol is the brainchild of the late Swiss entrepreneur and legendary winemaker Patrick Léon, who spent much of his 50-year career at Baron Philippe de Rothschild group overseeing the winemaking facilities at Château Mouton-Rothschild, Opus One, and Almaviva.
The wines of Son Mayol are made like those of Bordeaux – its premium expression Grand Vin Son Mayol sees a blend of majority Cabernet Sauvignon and some Merlot in the style of Bordeaux’s Left Bank, while the slightly more accessible Premier Vin Son Mayol is more Merlot driven like Right Bank Bordeaux. For the 2017 vintage, the Grand Vin comes in at 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, while the Premier Vin sees 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
What Son Mayol really presents is a combination of Mallorca’s volcanic terroir and classic French winemaking techniques, offering a uniquely Mediterranean take on a Bordeaux blend. If you love your Bordeaux, these expressions from Mallorca’s Bodega Son Mayol are worth exploring. And cellaring too, before the rest of the world wizens up to their potential.
The Premier Vin Son Mayol 2017 and Grand Vin Son Mayol are available through Bottles & Bottles retail shops and online on their webshop at S$146 and $265 (inclusive of GST) respectively. They are also available on Kris Shop Online and iShopChangi.
[Image credits: Bottles & Bottles and Bodega Son Mayol]
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