Ch Meyney St Estèphe 2016
Every January around 20 of the most respected members of the wine trade media and a handful of leading merchants gather to taste a recently released Bordeaux vintage, to see how the wines have settled down now that they are in bottle. This year was the turn of the highly regarded 2016s and our own David Roberts MW was in attendance, as was Jancis Robinson MW who wrote the following about one of the stars of the whole tasting: Ch Meyney, St Estephe 2016.
“We then progressed to the Big Four – St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St-Julien and Margaux, the famous communes of the Médoc on the left bank of the Gironde. And what a joy it was. Some tasters found the tannins of the St-Estèphes a bit much, but I absolutely loved them. These were wines that truly expressed the rigour and stoniness of the appellation but all of it overlaid with fine, fully ripe, subtle fruit. And the array also included one of the most notable bargains of the vintage: Ch Meyney was my favourite as well as the joint group favourite St-Estèphe with the widely admired Ch Calon-Ségur, outscoring the traditional titans of the commune Chx Montrose and Cos d’Estournel.”
Jancis Robinson scored the wine 18.5/20 (the same score she gave to Lafite, and a half point more than she gave Latour. Mouton, the top scoring wine, got 19/20, Haut Brion 18/20. Other scores: Calon Segur 18/20, Montrose 18.5/20 and Cos d’Estournel 17.5/20 )
Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Intense Indian ink on the nose. Give me my calligraphy pen! Rich and round. Very glamorous. So much effort has gone into every drop of this …. VGV. 18.5/20 Drink 2026 – 2050 Jancis Robinson MW, February 2020
At £140/6 IB it is great value.
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