2019 Château Meyney, St.-Estèphe: £225 IB per dozenThursday, June 18
Châteaux Meyney in Saint-Estèphe has been over-performing for a few years on the trot now. It is also one of those wines which tends to attract higher scores in bottle. An example is the 2015 vintage, scored 88-93 points from barrel by the critics, but recently re-tasted and rated 94 points by Neal Martin. On those terms, the 2019 vintage surpasses the '15 out of the gate. We tasted it yesterday sandwiched in between Phélan-Ségur and both Pichons and it held its own, with plenty of power and dark, coffee and tobacco aromas noted by some of the critics.
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2019 Château Meyney, St.-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois
"The 2019 Meyney is well defined on the bouquet, leaning a little more towards the red side of the fruit spectrum with raspberry, wild strawberry and floral scents. The oak is neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. It has a citric elèment from start to finish, a taut line of acidity with light spicy notes towards the finish that shares the brininess of stablemate Grand Puy Ducasse. Very fine. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 91-93 points." Neal Martin, Vinous
"Aromas and flavors of blackberries and blueberries with walnut and coffee-bean notes. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. Excellent, but not the 2018. 92-93 points." James Suckling
"One of the wines I use as a marker of how good the vintage is in St Estèphe, because it isn't classified but is in a brilliant location right next door to Montrose. And this is good, extrèmely concentrated, pure cassis and bilberry flavours, tons of tannins, clear austerity and fairly high acidity as I am getting in a lot of these 2019s. Not the same luscious character as 2018, but in many ways that makes it more typical of the appellation, and the alcohol seems less over the top than in 2018. Lots to enjoy here, not quite up to 2016 standard but not far. Tasted two weeks apart, and if anything its expression had deepened second time around. Hubert de Boüard consultant. Drinking Window 2025 - 2038
93 points." Jane Anson, Decanter
"This estate has been on a roll of late, and the 2019 Château Meyney is a terrific wine. Beautiful notes of crème de cassis, spicy oak, dried flowers, and dried tobacco all èmerge from the glass, and this beauty is medium to full-bodied, with a seamless texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish. Count me impressed. Not a powerhouse, it should drink nicely right out of the gate yet also evolve for 20 years or more.
92-94 points." Jeb Dunnuck