2015 Château Meyney £295: “Everyone thought this was Montrose!”Thursday, February 20
"I thought it might be Montrose but it turned out to be Meyney. Chapeau!" Neil Martin
We have just sourced an ex-Château parcel of 2015 Meyney. No estate has received more consistent praise, from such a wide cross-section of critics and trade, than Château Meyney over the last few vintages. The excitement began with the release of the 2014, reflecting the impact of Hubert de Bouard of Angélus, who began consulting here in 2013.
Meyney stands just half a kilometre from Montrose and a few hundred metres from the Gironde. Visiting here, you feel quite far north in the Médoc (although names like Phélan-Ségur and Calon-Ségur are even higher).
Being so close to the estuary gives protection from frost. A three metre vein of blue clay (the same as is found at Petrus) runs through the subsoil, just a couple of metres below the surface. This and Bouard's winemaking style, which favours intensity and power, contribute to the pleasurable jolt we experience each time we taste recent vintages of Meyney.
With scores up to 94 points, drinking windows from this year and at under £25 per bottle in bond, we cannot recommend this wine highly enough.
Offered ex-Château. Landing in the UK late April 2020.
2015 Château Meyney, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe
Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Rich array of aromas on the nose. Ambitious with lots of stuff covering a pretty massive charge of tannins. Just slightly inky. Exciting finish. Very persistent. Classic build with lots of ambition. Everyone thought this was Montrose! VGV Drink 2025-2045. 18.5 points." Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, Feb 2019
"The 2015 Meyney was the shock of this blind tasting - in a positive sense. It blew everyone's expectations including mine. It has very impressive intensity on the nose, more than its peers, with blackberry, raspberry, sage and just a touch of dried blood. This is quite complex and very engaging. The palate is very well defined with fine acidity, razor-sharp tannin and plenty of mineralité toward the persistent finish. I thought it might be Montrose but it turned out to be Meyney. Chapeau! Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. 94 points." Neal Martin, vinous.com, Jul 2019