|Subregion||France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Estèphe|
This is one of the most immediately appealing 2014s from the appellation thanks to its very ripe black fruits, and there’s still a lot of structure behind it. Reminds me of some of Meyney’s top vintages of the 1960s. Drink or hold.
The insider's St Estephe thanks to its location directly next to Château Montrose (although on fairly different terroir, with more clay in the gravel-dominant soils). One of the sleeper hits of the vintage, and it is just starting to open up at eight years old. Inky ruby in colour, still young in expression, keeping the focus on dark bitter chocolate, a little earthy, old school St Estèphe character, plenty of heart, firm and deep through the mid palate. Harvest October 1 to 21. Hubert de Boüard consultant.
Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Really exciting lift and stoniness on the nose. Opulent and round. Fleshier than most St-Estèphes. Goes for drama. Scores for drama if not typicality. Almost syrupy texture!
Shows good tension, featuring a singed iron note running from start to finish, wrapped in dark plum and red currant fruit, with savory and tobacco accents. Best from 2019 through 2028. 16,165 cases made.
When I tasted the 2014 Meyney from barrel, I described it as a little gem. Now in bottle, is it still glistening as brightly? Well, it has a delightful, well-defined bouquet of blackberry, cedar and pencil box that is your typical Saint Estèphe. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin on the entry, good weight in the mouth and that Pauillac-like graphite tincture on the finish extant. There is a touch of chewiness here, some rough edges that will need to be abraded by bottle age, but there remains good potential. Drink Date 2020-2035
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. Drink 2018-2032
Full body, dense and silky with a beautiful dark currant and berry character. Long and silky. Very fine. Best Meyney in years!