2013 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification Cru Bourgeois Supérieur

Brightly-scented and well-formed defined fruit purity. Not heavy but well done. Energy and richly oaky classicism. Good direction and flow, crunchy texture. If the acidity shines a touch it is only to lift the fruit even more. Really nice line and length. Bravo! Top stuff for the vintage. 2016-2024 Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2014)

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With Hubert de Bouard as their consultant, this once popular estate seems to be positioned to shake things up in terms of the overall quality hierarchy in St. Estephe. The 2013 is a major sleeper of the vintage. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot, it exhibits a deep ruby/plum/purple hue along with notes of creosote, charcoal, blueberries, black raspberries, graphite and spice. This lovely, charming, fruit-filled 2013 should drink well during its first 6-8 years of life. 2014-2022 Rating: 87-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2014)

Very hard attack of intense dark fruit but not bad style and while dry and raw on the finish this is a decent wine with some real energy and heart. Needs four or five years to settle down. Rating: 15.5+ Matthew Jukes 2014)

Dark-coloured rich fleshy wine wine, a true, meaty St-Estèphe. Drink: 2017-2024. Rating: 16.5 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2014)

This packs some dark juicy plum, blackberry and red currant fruit together at the core, backed by a layered ganache note on the well-toasted finish. Shows surprising depth for the vintage, revealing a black fruit profile. Rating: 88–91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2014)

Winemaker Anne Le Naour is one of the great talents in Bordeaux (see my write up of Rayne-Vigneau last year) and she has managed to create a very fine Château Meyney in 2013, thanks partly to missing the rains. It has a seaweed-tinged bouquet with some decent red and black fruit that feel just a little smudged - but at least there is intent. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins, a little astringency towards the finish but it could knit together nicely by the time of bottling. Drink this classic Saint Estephe over the next 6 to 8 years. Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, 2014)

A juicy wine with blueberry and blackberry character. Medium body with firm tannins and a fresh, citrus finish. Wow. Surprisingly, outstanding. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, 2014)

The 2013 Meyney is forward, juicy and nicely layered in the glass, with plenty of racy fruit and oak. This isn't an especially subtle wine, but it is tasty just the same. A silky, textured finish rounds out a St. Estèphe built for near term drinking. Rating: 85-88 Antonio Galloni, 2014)

Château Meyney

Chateau Meyney in St. Estephe has a long history starting in the 17th century. At that time, the Bordeaux wine estate belonged to the monks who planted the first vines at Meyney. The 123 acre Bordeaux wine vineyard with vines averaging between 35 and 40 years old is planted to 61% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 10% Petit verdot. The gravel based terroir has a large streak of blue clay close to three metres thick.


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