This Saint Estephe Chateau makes wines that are true to the appellation with impressive depth and concentration. Usually modestly priced en primeur. The 51 hectare vineyard is planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Recent vintages have impressed us here. Always performs well in blind tastings.
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The 2017 Meyney is building upon its promising showing after bottling. It has a polished, well-defined bouquet of blackberry, cedar, mint and damp clay/potter's wheel, perhaps demonstrating even more precision than a few months ago. The palate displays very fine tannins and good grip on the clove-tinged finish. A judiciously spiced and impressively proportioned Saint-Estèphe; a decade ago, under the same growing growing conditions, Meyney would not have produced a wine nearly as good as this 2017. Tasted at a vertical at Château Meyney. 2024 - 2040
The 2017 Meyney has turned out beautifully. Dark, pliant and generous in feel, the 2017 possesses striking depth and polish to match its mid-weight personality. Dried cherry, mint, dried flowers, licorice, cedar and tobacco infuse the 2017 with lovely layers of aromatic nuance and complexity. All the elements meld together nicely. Just as it was en primeur, the 2017 is relatively understated for Meyney, but that is not a bad thing at all. Meyney appears to be moving in a very positive direction over the last few years, and that is, of course, great to see. 2022 - 2032.
The 2017 Meyney has a well defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, cedar and wild mint aroma, primal but very focused and with great potential. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, spicy and vibrant with white and black pepper mixed with clove on the finish. Give this four to five years in bottle and you should have a very fine Saint-Estèphe on your hands. Drink 2024-2040.
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. 2020 - 2035
Medium to deep garnet-purple, the 2017 Meyney opens a little broody, giving way to red cherries, black berries and stewed tea scents with a waft of dried herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate is chock-full of vibrant black fruits with ripe, grainy tannins and a refreshing kick to the finish.Drink: 2020-2031
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Meyney features baked cherries, mulberries and plum preserves on the nose with hints of smoked meats and black olives. The palate is medium-bodied, firm, grainy and a little tart with good fruit expression and length.
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.
Two thousand seventeen is a very fine vintage for Meyney. A powerful, resonant Saint-Estèphe, the 2017 is endowed with striking aromatics that give the wine a bit more freshness than has been the case in some recent vintages. Dark red-toned fruit, leather, smoke and grilled herb overtones add nuance throughout. This is one of the finer recent vintages I have tasted from Meyney. Winemaker Anne Le Naour did a terrific job with the 2017. The blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, aged in 40% new barrels. Tasted three times.
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.
A deep purple colour, with cool cassis fruit and a touch of allspice on the nose. The palate is firm and robust, with rich, chalky tannins coating the palate and making for a compact and dense core of black fruit. This fruit fleshes out through the mid palate, with waves of cassis and black plum taming the crunchy structure. The result is an exotic, ripe and juicy style despite the level of structure. This should offer good quality for price again this year.
The nose has black fruits the palate a mix of black cherry and blackcurrant. The tannins are firm giving mid structure. It fills out a bit at the back slightly more concentrated flavours but the finish is tight and dry. 2025-34
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 Window 2024 - 2036