2017 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe


50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot. Plenty of Cabernet dominance on the nose. Deep, rich dark fruit with a savoury edge. On the palate the dark fruit is joined by well integrated oak. High pitched acidity keeps the juice on its toes. Dusty tannins near the end. This wine has a good Saint Estèphe feel to it. Lots to like. Rating: 89 L&S (May 2018)

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The 2017 Meyney has a clean and fresh bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit mingling with cedar and light cigar humidor aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, ripe tannin and a fine bead of acidity. I find this surprisingly juicy in style that probably belies the structure underneath. This will be one of the more approachable Saint-Estèphe wines in this vintage, but one that I find well made. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, (May 2018)

Deep cherry red with purple rim. A hint of savoury oak on the nose but plenty of black fruit to hold sway. An inviting and subtle dusty overlay. Pretty oaky on the palate – unusual in this vintage – but the char is quite definite. Just fresh enough but I hope it takes on more flesh before bottling. Tough and charry on the finish. Drinking range: 2025 - 2030 Rating: 15 Julia Harding MW, (Apr 2018)

This is more proof of the consistency of Meyney. It has clear oak finessing, well held together with a cinnamon dusting and white pepper spicing, giving a gourmet edge with its own character. This feels finessed, contemporary and accomplished; a pretty complete package. This perhaps doesn't quite have the generosity of 2016, as the tannins are a little more tightly-drawn, but this is still good. Retasted several times and it stands out for its quality. Harvested 15 September to 5 October. Hubert de Boüard is consultant, with Anne Le Naour technical director. Drinking range: 2024 - 2036 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter (Apr 2018)

This is very nicely done with a lithe yet structured core of dark fruit and round, juicy tannins. Medium to full body, a driven line of acidity and a long finish. Rating: 92 - 93 James Suckling, (Apr 2018)

Lively, with a brambly feel throughout, while modest plum, black cherry, savory and warm stone notes run through. A touch rustic in feel. Rating: 87-90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2018)

The blend in 2017 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot. This has a dark, sweet and rather modern fruit profile on the nose, all dark cherry laced with a little praline oak and rose-petal fragrance. The palate shows real confidence, with an elegant texture, quite direct and well-formed, hiding a moderate grip of tannins which lurk beneath the fruit, as well as a fresh acid backbone. There is a quite confident finish to it, filled with the ripe tannic backbone coming through from the core of the wine, fresh and showing a little length. Imposing, savoury, reserved and full of potential. Rating: 91-93 Chris Kissack, (Apr 2018)

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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