|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
For the last few years there have been some promising signs here and seeing where it is, on a decent 'croupe' of gravel overlooking the river just south of Montrose, it always seems a little surprising they cannot do even better here on a regular basis. Perhaps they are now getting on a roll. Following a good effort for 2013, they have pulled out a cracker this year. Still Saint Estèphe in style, but with lovely weight and fruit density. There is a creamy, rich feel, gently seasoned with lovely pepper and just a tad of sophisticated vanilla and oak spice. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 Meyney is a real turn up for the books. It has a very intense, detailed bouquet with pure blackberry, raspberry, crushed stone and dried violet aromas, gaining vivacity with almost each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, grippy and dense and yet not overpowering. The oak is very well assimilated although it clams up towards the finish. It is a wine that will require a decade in bottle but there is huge potential here. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Mar 2018)
The Château Meyney 2014 is a little gem. The nose is classic Saint Estèphe with blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine delineation and poise, a sense of mineralité that will hopefully be manifested in bottle. The palate is fresh on the entry with slightly chalky tannin, decent weight in the mouth with a graphite finish that is as much Pauillac as Saint Estèphe. Excellent. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2015)
A deep, powerful wine, the 2014 Meyney shows the more virile, imposing side of the vintage. Black cherries, plums, game, smoke, tobacco and menthol are all supported by a spine of firm tannin that gives the wine its imposing structure. This fruit did not come in until October 30, very late, even by the standards of the year. The style is decidedly virile, with more than enough pure depth and underlying structure to develop beautifully in bottle for many years. Consulting Winemaker Hubert de Boüard is doing terrific work at Meyney. Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2015)
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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