About the Wine
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.
Neighboring wineries are Chateau Montrose (2nd growth) and Calon-Segur (3rd growth) which sell for over $200/bottle! Meyney is an amazing value in St.Estephe that must be experienced.
Tasting Notes: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.
Notes of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries, vanilla, licorice, and dark chocolate with touches of earthiness and nutmeg-like spice. Medium-bodied with ripe, velvety tannins and delicious fruit. Polished and refined. Try after 2023. ~94 James Suckling.
A solid, slightly burly version, featuring streaks of tar and bay leaf mixed with dark plum and black currant preserve flavors. The finish is underscored by a warm paving stone note, which adds cut, drive and a hint of old school. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2024 through 2036. ~93 Wine Spectator.
The 2019 Meyney is well defined on the bouquet, leaning a little more towards the red side of the fruit spectrum with raspberry, wild strawberry and floral scents. The oak is neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. It has a citric element from start to finish, a taut line of acidity with light spicy notes towards the finish that shares the brininess of stablemate Grand Puy Ducasse. Very fine. Tasted twice with consistent notes. ~91-93 Vinous.
Cassis, currants, ripe tobacco, and cedar pencil notes define the bouquet of the 2019 Château Meyney, a medium to full-bodied, concentrated Saint-Estèphe that shows the elegant, moderately concentrated, yet nicely structured and balanced style of the vintage. It's already accessible with a decant but will benefit from just a handful of years in the cellar and have 15 years or more of longevity. ~92 Jeb Dunnuck.
Aromas of sweet cherries and berries mingled with tobacco, loamy soil and petals introduce the 2019 Meyney, a medium to full-bodied, seamless and lively wine with fine depth at the core, powdery tannins and an attractive sense of completeness. This is an understated but charming Saint-Estèphe that has turned out nicely in bottle. ~91 Robert Parker.
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