Located on the left bank of Bordeaux, Château Meyney has an exceptional location, close to the Gironde estuary. With a history dating back to 1662, this estate owned by the Crédit Agricole Grands Crus subsidiary has experienced a remarkable increase in quality over the last decades. The wines of Château Meyney are among the finest references in the Saint-Estèphe and Médoc appellations.
Next to Château Montrose, Château Meyney watches over a 50-hectare single plot vineyard. The vineyard is planted on Garonne gravel soils with a notable feature. A 3-metre-thick layer of blue clay, that can also be found in the Château Pétrus terroir, is buried in the subsoil.
The dull and rainy weather conditions during spring required a great deal of effort to protect the vineyard from diseases and to preserve its state of health. From the end of August, a real Indian summer set in until the end of October. This ideal dry and sunny climate ensured the optimal ripening of the grapes.
The vinification and ageing
Once the grapes have been harvested by hand, they are sorted twice, manually then optically. The grapes are then vinified in a plot-by-plot manner. Following cold pre-fermentation maceration, alcoholic fermentation commences. Vatting for about 30 days before being run off. Some of the wines undergo malolactic fermentation in new barrels. Château Meyney 2014 is aged in French oak barrels, 30% of which are new.
This 2014 Château Meyney comprises a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), completed with Merlot (30%) and Petit Verdot (15%).
The colour is an intense ruby red with purple highlights.
This wine exudes gourmet aromas, rich fruity fragrances (blackcurrant, redcurrant) and sweet spices.
The palate showcases a seductive structure, balance as well as ripe and silky tannins.
When I tasted the 2014 Meyney from barrel, I described it as a little gem. Now in bottle, is it still glistening as brightly? Well, it has a delightful, well-defined bouquet of blackberry, cedar and pencil box that is your typical Saint Estèphe. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin on the entry, good weight in the mouth and that Pauillac-like graphite tincture on the finish extant. There is a touch of chewiness here, some rough edges that will need to be abraded by bottle age, but there remains good potential.