2015 Château Meyney, St Estephe, Bordeaux

2015 Château Meyney, St Estephe, Bordeaux

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2015 Château Meyney, St Estephe, Bordeaux

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If there is one bargain to be found in Bordeaux these days, I venture to suggest it is Ch. Meyney . Honestly, if you can find it, buy some – I gave it (2015 vintage) the same score as Montrose. It doesn’t have the same polish, and the tannins might be a bit more pronounced, but Meyney is the steal of the vintage for me.
Philip Moulin, Fine Wine Buyer (February 2019)
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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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Reviews

Customer reviews

Antonio Galloni 90/93/100
jancisrobinson.com18.5/20
Decanter90/100

Critic reviews

Antonio Galloni 90/93/100
The 2015 Meyney is round, supple and inviting. This is an especially creamy, voluptuous Saint-Estèphe with the fruit pushed forward and silky tannins that add to an impression of raciness. Ultimately the 2015 offers lovely density, not to mention considerable polish in a fruity, juicy style. Tasted two times.
Antonio Galloni (April 2016) Read more
jancisrobinson.com18.5/20
Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Rich array of aromas on the nose. Ambitious with lots of stuff covering a pretty massive charge of tannins. Just slightly inky. Exciting finish. Very persistent. Classic build with lots of ambition. Everyone thought this was Montrose! VGV
Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com (May 2020) Read more
Decanter90/100
Leathery cassis fruit and broad – even massive – ripeness in the Meyney style. Will be very good with a bit of age. Read more