2000 Château Meyney, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

2000 Château Meyney, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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2000 Château Meyney, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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After many years slumbering in a dark corner of our warehouse, this gem from the sunny millennium vintage has emerged perfectly formed and in peak maturity. The nose is vivacious and immediate, with notes of cinnamon and tobacco. The palate is perfectly balanced, with tannin and acidity present but supple, allowing the individual character of Château Meyney to shine. Always a plumper style of St Estèphe, and predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, the estate also has a proportion of high-quality Petit Verdot, whose savoury, rich notes are enhanced in this generous, warm year. Decanting isn’t really necessary, the wine is à point; but, if undertaken, it should be done just before drinking. At this time of year, cynics may observe that wine merchants say that everything will be “good with turkey”, but this would be the real deal for the big day. Drink now.
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Chateau Meyney

Chateau Meyney

Château Meyney is located in the wine appellation of St Estèphe and is owned by Domaines Cordier. The 49ha property produces on average 30,000 cases per year. Located in the east of the appellation, next to Château Montrose, Meney has a similar climate to that enjoyed by the Médoc: maritime, with the Gironde estuary and the Bay of Biscay combining to act as a climate regulator and the coastal pine forests sheltering the vines from the westerly and north-westerly winds.

Meyney's vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 70%; Merlot 24%; Cabernet Franc 4%; Petit Verdot 2%) lie on clay-gravel soils. Vinification includes 15 months' wood ageing, 30% new oak.

Meyney is classified as a Cru Bourgeois.

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St Estephe

St Estephe

St Estèphe is the northernmost of the most important communes of the Médoc and borders Pauillac on its southernmost border, with only a gully and stream separates it from Ch. Lafite. To the north lies the Bas-Médoc.

St Estèphe is defined by the depth of its gravel, which is ubiquitous but of varying depths and occasionally very shallow, when clay predominates. This keeps the soil cooler and wetter than its counterparts so that the wines can appear fresh in lighter vintages, but superbly successful in hot, dry years. 

The best châteaux in the south of the commune have the deepest soil and the thickest gravel. Cos d'Estournel has an exceptional terroir with its vineyards being located on a south-facing ridge of gravel with excellent drainage. 

St Estèphe is the least gravelly of main Médoc communes and in the north of the commune the vineyards are heavier and more clay-based leading to a rustic style of wine being produced.

The wines can appear austere in youth with a discernable ferric note at some châteaux, but the best typically display good depth of colour, pronounced acidity an tannins in youth and are exceptionally long-lived. At their best, they are the equal of almost any Bordeaux. The well-regarded St Estèphe co-operative controls the production of about half the appellation.

Recommended Châteaux
Cos (Ch. Cos d'Estournel), Ch. Montrose, Ch. Calon-Ségur, Ch. Lafon-Rochet, Ch. Les Ormes de Pez, Ch. Beau-Site, Ch. Cos Labory, Ch. Phélan-Ségur

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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Jancis17.5+/20

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Jancis17.5+/20
Magnum. Tasted blind. Blackish ruby. Distinctively herbal nose. Then soft and round in a mulberry sort of way. Very easy to like even if it is different from most of the Médocs in this line-up. Something a bit tarry about this. Lots of magic and not too austere in texture without being at all sweet. Lots of drive. Lots of tannin!
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (7th November 2018) Read more