Meyney

 

ONE OF THE BEST WINE VALUE FOR MONEY IN WHOLE BORDEAUX!

 

2019 11

Modestly looking chateau but wine produced here is excellent

 2019 40

Perfect location close to Gironde river and well-protected from the frost - Meyney in April 2019

Meyney can date it its roots back to 17th century. It was then owned by Luetkens family until 1919, when Desiré Cordier purchased it. In 2004, a company under Credit Agricole, CA Grand Crus, acquired Meyney.

This propery is situated in Saint Estephe and overlooks the estuary of Gironde river. This assures that frost is very, very rare guest here if not totally absent. The entire vineyard, 51 ha in all, is around chateau. It's planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Vines are on average app. 40 years old. Soil here is mainly gravel with a 3 meters layer of blue clay in the subsoil. It's certainly as excellent as at many classified growths. Meyney is close neighbor to famous Chateau Montrose and they share same exceptional location on the little hill.

Harvest is done manually with sorting out in the vineyard and by optical sorting machine at arrival to the cellar. Must macerates for one month and wine matures in 40% new oak for a period of 18-24 months. Since 2013, wine consultant here has been Hubert de Bouard from Chateau Angelus and it resulted in more precision and focus in Meyney, beginning with vintage 2014.

Anne Le Naour is technical director of Meyney and she plays a big part in the recent success vintages at the property.

Meyney is typical robust and stylish St.Estephe wine and can often challenge classified growths with great success.

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2018 MEYNEY 94+p (barrel sample)

Tasted in April 2019. Imho the best vintage ever for the property in modern times! Really intense on the nose, potent on the palate, juicy and creamy, has strong backbone, great complexity, depth and length. Fat fruit and tannin. Long, long finish. A steal for the money! 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 18% Petit Verdot. 

2017 MEYNEY 93p (barrel sample)

Tasted in April 2018. This property always offers great value for money and its 2017 doesn't disappoint. Splendid freshness and acidity, silky fruit and tannin, velvety texture, fine structure with gentle kick of typical for St.Estephe coarseness. Really, really well made! 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot. The latter grape variety seems to add strong backbone to this wine.

2016 MEYNEY 94p 

Tasted in April 2018. Powerful with strong structure, strong backbone (Petit Verdot!) as well and splendid length. Awesome mixture of power and distinguished touch!

2015 MEYNEY 93-94p

Tasted in April 2018. Similar splendid quality, maybe a bit less concentrated than 2016. Still, it's a very impressive 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. 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, intense blackcurrants on the nose and palate, great elegance and persistent aftertaste. Awesome treat. 

 

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LOOKING FORWARD TO PRIMEURS IN MARCH/APRIL 2020 TO GET CONFIRMED THE GREATNESS OF 2019 VINTAGE.  IMPORTANT - UNFORTUNATELY AND BECAUSE OF MAJOR CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN THE WHOLE WORLD, I'LL NOT BE TRAVELLING TO BORDEAUX FOR EP IN MARCH/APRIL AS I ALWAYS DO. MANY EVENTS THERE HAVE BEEN CANCELLED/POSTPONED TO LATER THIS YEAR.

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ALL CHATEAUX PROFILES HAVE BEEN UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL TNS/RATINGS OBTAINED DURING BEYERMAN TASTING OF 2018s IN SEPTEMBER 2019 (COPENHAGEN) AND VISITS IN BORDEAUX, OCTOBER 2019. NEXT PROFILE IS TROTANOY WHICH IS PLANNED TO BE PUBLISHED IN MID-APRIL 2020.

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HERE ARE MY TOP TEN WINES TASTED IN 2019

1. Lafite Rothschild 2016                                  100p

2. Cheval Blanc 2000                                         100p

3. Cheval Blanc 2009                                           99p

4. Lafleur 2016                                                     99p

5. Lafleur 2015                                                     98p

6. Pichon Baron 2010                                          98p

7. Pichon Comtesse 2017                                   97p

8. Beychevelle 1949                                            97p

9. Leoville Barton 2016                                       96p

10. Les Carmes Haut Brion 1953                       96p