2023 Château Meyney, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

2023 Château Meyney, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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2023 Château Meyney, St Estèphe, Bordeaux

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Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon; 38% Merlot; 12% Petit Verdot.

With a beautifully aromatic nose of perfumed spices and concentrated blackcurrant, this is a classic expression of St Estephe with tons of vanilla, cassis and sweet cedar spice from 30% new oak. A generous peppering of Petit Verdot (12%) adds a savoury edge but the palate is pure dark berries. The tannins are balanced and softer than expected and there is a delightful freshness that dances on the palate before a fabulous finish of generous fruit.

Drink 2029 - 2040

Our score: 16.5/20

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Jane Anson94/100

Often a benchmark wine for me in a vintage, and it is a good sign for the Left Bank in 2023 that Meyney is tasting great. A punch of inky plum and blackberry fruit, good lift and freshness, plenty of tannic grip, an excellent wine. A buy. CA Grands Crus owners.

Drink 2028 - 2040

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (April 2024)

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Neal Martin, Vinous89-91/100

The 2023 Meyney is surprisingly backward on the nose with blackberry, kirsch, touches of black pepper and loamy aromas. It remains understated in the glass yet gains purity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Maybe a little conservative in style, it stays within the confines of the vintage, but it feels harmonious. What is missing is just a bit of grip and density on the finish. Let's see if this will "kick on" during its barrel-maturation. Maybe this Meyney has something up its sleeve?

Drink 2027 - 2039

Neal Martin, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous91-93/100

The 2023 Meyney is terrific. Silky and polished, the 2023 shows a side of Meyney I have not seen before. There's also terrific freshness and overall brightness. Dark red plum, blood orange, chalk, mint and dried herbs are all beautifully delineated. More than anything else, I admire the wine's poise.

Drink 2027 - 2043

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (April 2024)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW89-91/100

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2023 Meyney needs a lot of shaking to wake up scents of cassis and fresh raspberries giving way to an undercurrent of sassafras, cedar, and dried herbs. The medium-bodied palate is lively and light on its feet, with soft, well-managed tannins and a spicy kick to the finish. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 12% Petit Verdot.

Drink 2027 - 2037

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW16.5+/20

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot. Cask sample.

Purple-violet hue. Minerally and discreet with a depth of flavour on the palate. Well-structured with firm but polished tannins and plenty of drive on the finish. Bodes well for the future. 

Drink 2030 - 2042

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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Wine Advocate87-88/100

Aromas of dark berries, cassis, vanilla pod and spicy new oak introduce the 2023 Meyney, a medium-bodied, lean and compact wine with a somewhat drying finish.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2024)

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James Suckling93-94/100

A very solid Meyney with a firm tannin frame that holds the wine together. Medium body. Juicy finish.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2024)

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About this WINE

Château Meyney

Château Meyney

Château Meyney occupies a prime position in St Estèphe, with a single 51-hectare parcel of vines on a sloping rise next to Ch. Montrose and overlooking the Gironde estuary.

Ch. Meyney also benefits from a distinctive array of soil types which together provide ideal conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (30%) and a generous share of Petit Verdot (15%) – this latter giving the wines their attractive, spicy signature.

In her book Inside Bordeaux, Jane Anson writes that she considers Ch. Meyney to be worthy of fifth growth classification by today’s standards.

Vines were planted at the site of Ch. Meyney in 1662, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Médoc. Originally part of a convent, it has had only three owners since then, the latest being CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Crédit Agricole Group.

They purchased Meyney in 2004 along with Ch. Grand-Puy Ducasse and a number of others. Anne Le Naour came in as Technical Director, and valuable improvements were made in both the vineyard and the cellars.

Ch. Meyney produces a second wine, Prieur de Meyney.

Vines are planted on a favourable sloping rise composed of gravel, sand, limestone and a deep layer of blue clay, the latter principally planted with Merlot and Petit Verdot. Being near the estuary, the vineyard is largely protected from frosts. The average age of the vines is 35-40 years, with fruit from the younger vines typically used for the second wine.

Grapes are sorted twice, first in the vineyard and again in the winery, and then fermented in vats. Larger vats have been replaced with a range of smaller sizes to enable more individual plots to be vinified separately. The grand vin is aged for 15 months in 30% new French oak barrels; the second wine, made with fruit from younger vines, typically sees 10–15% new oak.

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Saint-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.

Saint-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. 

Saint-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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Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet 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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