Robert Parker Rating:92 Points
Robert Parker Review:
I clearly underrated this wine from barrel. The finest wine made at this estate since 1982, this opaque black wine is a sleeper of the vintage, with oodles of blackberry fruit interwoven with hints of charcoal, forest floor, licorice and damp earth. Deep, rich, chewy, full-bodied and opulent, this is a fabulous Meyney that, because of its low acidity and very ripe tannin, can be drunk in 3-4 years or cellared for two decades. Bravo!
|Wine maker notes
|Chateau Meyney’s vineyard is planted of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, on a perfectly-drained gravel soil that provides ideal conditions for grapes ripening. This unusually high share of Petit Verdot explains a particular trait of the wines, which regularly show notes of leather and musk after a period of time. The wine is full-bodied, well-rounded and structured. After ageing, the wine displays the remarkable charm of the best Saint-Estephe: complexity, balance and harmony.
|Chateau Meyney is one of the oldest estates in the Medoc.
In 1662, it was a Convent mentioned in records under the names Couvent des Feuillants or Prieure des Couleys. Today, the estate stretches over some of the best hilltops above the Gironde Estuary. The river lying alongside the first rows of vines makes for a majestic, serene landscape.
The estate belonged to the Luetkens family for several generations, and was then acquired by Mr Desire Cordier in 1919. In 2004, CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Groupe Credit Agricole, acquired Chateau Meyney, with a determination to strengthen the potential of this outstanding cru. An improvement plan was put together for the entire estate. It is supervised today by Anne Le Naour, the Technical Director, and the consultant oenologist, Hubert de Bouard.
The company CA Grands Crus, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Groupe Credit Agricole, became, in 2004, the owner of prestigious Bordeaux estates: Chateau de Rayne Vigneau, 1er Grand Cru Classe Sauternes, Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse, 5eme Grand Cru Classe Pauillac, Chateau Meyney, Saint-Estephe, Chateau Blaignan, Cru Bourgeois Medoc.