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The 2010 Meyney is a superb follow-up to the 2009, perhaps displaying more definition to the dusky black fruit, sous-bois, graphite and pressed rose petal scents that burst from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, a clean line of acidity and more precision on the finish compared to the previous vintage. Excellent. Tasted at a vertical at Château Meyney.
It is good to see this well-situated estate in St.-Estephe get back on track. The 2010 has loads of beef blood, charcuterie and smoked game along with black currant fruit. Some underlying graphite notes are also present in this full-bodied, meaty, fleshy wine, which has outstanding concentration and the potential to last for 15 or more years. It is a major sleeper of the vintage.
This dense ruby/purple-hued 2010 exhibits lots of damp earth and black and red fruit notes along with moderate tannins. It appears to be the finest Meyney produced in many years (this estate made sensational wines in the 1970s and early to mid-1980s). It should drink well for 10-15 years.
After the first bottle was found both oxidised and corked, the second and third bottle of 2010 Meyney was also found to be wanting. Re-tasted at the château, I found a more representative bottle. Juxtaposed against the 2009 Meyney, this has greater clarity on the nose with dusky black fruit, sous-bois, graphite and pressed rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins. It has a clean, crisp line of acidity with impressive precision on the finish. That's more like it - but I will caution readers by attaching a question mark to my score. Tasted at the château as part of a vertical tasting.
The 2010 Meyney is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon (15% more than in 2009), 30% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot. The latter really shines through on the nose and lends a conspicuous floral/crushed violet scent that neatly enmeshes with the black fruit laced with cedar and tobacco. With aeration it is quite Pauillac in style, sporting a touch of graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin. There is certainly more body here than the 2009, more presence and backbone. It deepens towards the latter half, the acidity is well judged to lend tension that counters the lively black fruit on the finish. Excellent. This is a much better showing than in 2014 because it has dispensed that patina of over-ripeness and becomes much more refined and classy. Tasted at the château. 2021 - 2035
Always a solid performer, the Meyney has a ripe blackberry and bilberry nose with a veneer of creamy new oak. Moderate definition. The palate is full-bodied with dense, chewy fruit, thick and robust with a tannic finish with ample fruit. I think this will show much better after bottling. Tasted April 2011.
A wine with a pretty balance of spices, blackberry, mint, and ripe fruit follow through to a full body, fine tannins and a spicy, chocolate and walnut character. Pretty balance of fruit and tannins. Better in 2016.