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Somehow managed not to taste this - funny how it slips through the net - must try harder! Judging by the balance of what other tasters say about it, it is struggling to look interesting beside Les Ormes de Pez, although the Wine Spectator rated it the second best wine in the commune of Saint Estèphe. L&S (Apr 2012)
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A sleeper of the vintage, the 2011 Meyney (which escaped the hailstorm that devastated the northern Pauillac border and St.-Estephe boundary line on September 1) possesses an opaque ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of black olives, black currants, charcoal and earth. Dense and medium to full-bodied, this classic St.-Estephe offers good acidity and ripe tannin. It should drink well for 12-15 years. Old timers undoubtedly remember Meyney-s brilliant track record in the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, and it appears things are back on track at this St.-Estephe estate. 2012 - 2027 Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2012)
The Meyney 2011 has a pleasant bouquet with ripe blackberry and wild hedgerow aromas. It has very fine delineation. The palate is well balanced with a slight hardness on the entry. It is a little tough at the moment and I hope it softens by the time of bottling as I like the nose so much. Rating: 87-89+ Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2012)
The most impressive of non-classes crus of the vintage. (Les Echos, April 2012) Rating: 17-17.5 Bettane & Desseauve (Apr 2012)
Chateau Meyney in St. Estephe has a long history starting in the 1662, when it is mentioned in records as a convent, making it one of the oldest estates in the Médoc. It occupies a gravelly bank facing the Gironde and is a neighbour of Montrose.
The 51 hectare vineyard with vines averaging between 35 and 40 years old is planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The gravel based terroir has a large streak of blue clay close to three metres thick.
In 2004, Meyney was bought by CA Grands Châteaux, also owners of Château de Rayne Vigneau and Château Grand-Puy Ducasse. They have employed Hubert de Boüard as consulting oenologist.
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