Modestly looking chateau, but the wine produced here is excellent.
Perfect location close to Gironde river and well-protected from the frost - Meyney in April 2019
Meyney can date its roots back to the 17th century. The Luetkens family owned it until 1919 when Desiré Cordier purchased it. In 2004, a company under Credit Agricole, CA Grand Crus, acquired Meyney.
This property is in Saint Estephe and overlooks the estuary of Gironde river. This assures that frost is a rare guest here, if present. The entire vineyard, 51 ha in all, is around the chateau. It's planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot. Vines are, on the average app., 40 years old. The soil here is mainly gravel with a 3 meters layer of blue clay in the subsoil. It's undoubtedly as excellent as many classified growths. Meyney is a close neighbor to the famous Chateau Montrose and shares the same exceptional location on the little hill.
Harvest is done manually with sorting out in the vineyard and by optical sorting machine upon arrival to the cellar. Must macerates for one month, and the wine ages in 40% new oak for 18-24 months. Since 2013, the wine consultant here has been Hubert de Bouard from Chateau Angelus, resulting in more precision and focus in Meyney, beginning with vintage 2014. Anne Le Naour has been the technical director at Meyney since 2016, and she plays a big part in the recent success vintages at the property.
Meyney is typically robust and stylish St.Estephe wine and can often challenge classified growths with great success. This property's been on fire since 2010 vintage.
2022 MEYNEY 95p (barrel sample)
Tasted in April 2023. 58% C. Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and 13% P. Verdot. 13.5% alcohol. Violets and truffles, luscious blackcurrants, seductive, vibrant, great midpalate, strong backbone, great structure, and long mineral finish. This wine represents an incredible value for the money.
2019 MEYNEY 95p (barrel sample)
Tasted in June 2020. Whole 16% Petit Verdot in the blend (18% in 2018), and the remaining parts are split equally between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Voluptuous, strong backbone, lush and concentrated on the palate, full-bodied, creamy, and complex. It continues well in tracks of an excellent 2018, but I taste more elegance here.
2018 MEYNEY 94+p
Tasted twice - last time in January 2021. Consistent notes. Intense on the nose, potent on the palate, juicy and creamy, has a strong backbone, great complexity, depth, and length. Fat fruit and tannin. Long, long finish. Best vintage for this property in the last 25 years, imho and a steal for the money!
2017 MEYNEY 93p (barrel sample)
Tasted in April 2018. This property always offers excellent value for money, and 2017 doesn't disappoint. Splendid freshness and acidity, silky fruit and tannin, velvety texture, fine structure with a gentle kick typical for St.Estephe coarseness. Well made! 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot. The latter grape variety seems to add a solid backbone to this wine. No frost here!
2016 MEYNEY 94p
Tasted in April 2018. Powerful with strong structure, strong backbone (Petit Verdot!), and splendid length. An excellent mixture of power and distinguished touch!
2015 MEYNEY 93-94p
Tasted in April 2018. Similar splendid quality, maybe a bit less concentrated than in 2016. Still, it's an awe-inspiring effort for the vintage!
2014 MEYNEY 92-93p
Tasted in April 2018. Remarkable acidity, the hallmark of the vintage, freshness, lot of ripe fruit and tannin, fine structure, and meaty finish. Classic cool climate vintage. The impressive showing of Meyney's big potential!
1947 MEYNEY 95p
Tasted in April 2011. From magnum. A great wine from legendary vintage, still fresh and lively, with intense blackcurrants on the nose and palate, great elegance, and a persistent aftertaste. Awesome treat.