Superbly located on a knoll overlooking the Gironde estuary, the château lies at the center of a single-block vineyard of 126 acres. The estate was founded in the 17th century, the first vines were planted by the monks that owned the property at the time. Large improvements have been made to the estate since its purchase in 2004 by the CA Grand Crus. The ownership brought on Hubert de Bouard, the winemaker of Chateau Angelus, to consult. With new leadership, Chateau Meyney is now producing the best wine it ever has.
Château Meyney looks down onto the Gironde and the presence of the estuary protects the estate from frosts. The vineyard is planted on Garonne gravels. The vines are an average age of 35 to 40 years, divided between typical Bordeaux varieties. The vines climb to an altitude of 20 meters up, quite a steep slope, ensuring good natural drainage of the soil. Similar to “Pétrus”, a layer of blue clay about 10 feet thick lies at a depth of 8 feet below the surface. These remarkable natural factors give the wine an exceptional richness.
Tasting Notes:Red wine. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30%Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The wine is intensely aromatic with dark fruit and a gamey earthy quality. The palate is big without being overwhelming.
Blueberry, blackcurrant, clove, dark chocolate, praline, and gravel on the nose. It’s full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Focused, chewy, and layered. Fantastic effort here. Try from 2025. ~95 James Suckling
The 2018 Meyney is powerful, dense, and super-expressive. Gravel, game, scorched earth, smoke, licorice, incense, and spice infuse this potent, virile Saint-Estèphe. The fruit profile and oak integration point to a transition towards a less extracted style. Even so, there is plenty of richness readers have come to expect from Meyney. Tasted two times. ~91-94 Antonio Galloni
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