- Château Meyney
- St Estèphe
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot
- 2026 - 2043
- Case size
Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 Meyney has a lively, quite powerful nose delivering plenty of blackberry, boysenberry and briar scents, plus touches of freshly tilled loam and wilted iris flower; I appreciate how forthright this is. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins and graphite-laced blackberry. Quite citric toward the finish, showing Pauillac-like pretentions. This is a classy Saint-Estèphe from Meyney that will age with style. Drink 2025 - 2045
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Meyney is a very pretty if somewhat understated wine. In 2020 it has a bit less opulence than in the recent past, but that's not a bad thing at all. Silky, elegant and refined, featuring aromatic red fruit character, gravel, cured meat, scorched earth, spice, crushed rocks and rose petals. Drink 2026 - 2028
Goedhuis, May 2021,
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot From one of the finest terroirs in St Estèphe whose exclusion makes a mockery of the classification system. This is a total joy. The blackberry and apple crumble and autumnal characters jump out of the glass. First impressions are succulent richness, giving way to some gravelly freshness. The tannins are fine, subtle and yet structured. It has tremendous balance and all the life and energy of a great northern Médoc wine.
James Suckling, April 2021,
A firm, intense red Bordeaux with blackcurrants and purple fruit, as well as hints of walnuts and some sweet tobacco. It’s full-bodied and dense with layers of fruit and tannins.
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Black and blue fruits with a wealth of Asian spices and espresso is found right off the bat on the nose. On the palate, the wine is rich, supple, lush and polished with a core of ripe, dark, sweet fruits, silky tannins and a finish packed with peppery fruits, chocolate and espresso beans. Give this at least 5-6 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following 20-25 years.
Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
Dark, lustrous crimson. Really very glamorous indeed. Ripe but fresh nose with an interesting balsam note. Smooth as satin initially on the palate with the savoury tannins (actually there in abundance) just nudging onto the palate at the end, which is dry but not drying. Very long and rather splendid on the finish with St-Estèphe’s stoniness evident. Very smart indeed with no concessions to simple sweetness. Drink 2028 – 2046
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
Another wine worth seeking out, the 2020 Château Meyney shows the fresh, focused, yet also ripe style of the vintage nicely. Offering lots of pure cassis and black cherry fruits as well as tobacco and classy oak, it’s medium to full-bodied and has a pretty, elegant texture, plenty of mid-palate depth, and ripe yet certainly present and firmer tannins. I love the overall classic vibe as well as its purity and freshness.
Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
While several estates in this commune have dropped the ball in 2020, Meyney looks bright, firm, layered and, dare I say it, rather grand. I have never really felt drawn to buying this wine over the last 35 years, but I might make an exception in 2020. This might very well turn out to be a hidden gem in this vintage! Just be sure to give it enough time to allow the tannins to ease.
Château Meyney enjoys one of the prime positions in St Estèphe, just next to Montrose, with their vineyards planted on gravel running down to the Gironde. Their vines comprise of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.
St Estèphe is the most northern of Médoc communal crus. Its unique terroir is made up of layers of gravel which are supported by a dense clay base. This subsoil retains water in dry seasons and works particularly well with Merlot, a largely planted variety which is used to flesh out Cabernet Sauvignon. This clay base also creates powerful, textured tannins which enable St Estèphe to stand out from the pack. Like St Julien, it is one of the four most important communal appellations of the Médoc which does not contain any first growths, despite its southern border being a stone'sthrow from Château Lafite. Nonetheless, it is home to some excellent châteaux making fine wines such as Cos d'Estournel, Montrose, Calon Ségur and Lafon Rochet.