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2020 Château Meyney En Primeur

Château Meyney stands just half a kilometre from Château 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 and 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 the winemaking style of Hubert de Bouard ex-Château Angélus, which favours intensity and power, contribute to the pleasurable jolt we experience each time we taste recent vintages.  At just £240 per dozen, as usual Meyney is one of the great buys of the vintage.

Bordeaux En Primeur, Landing in spring 2023

Limited availability.  To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk 

 

Château Meyney, St.-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois

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Château Meyney, St.-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois

Château 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

Founded as a convent in 1662, Meyney is one of the oldest estates in Saint-Estèphe.  Adjacent to Montrose, Meyney was bought by Crédit Agricole in 2004.  They also own Château de Rayne Vigneau in Sauternes, Château Grand-Puy Ducasse, in Pauillac and Château Blaignan in the Médoc.

Located on a mound overlooking the Gironde estuary, the château lies at the centre of a single block vineyard of 51 hectares (126 acres).  The estuary protects the estate from frosts. The vineyard is planted on Garonne gravels, the vines averaging 35 to 40 years of age, divided between 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30%Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

The vines climb to an altitude of 20 metres, up quite a steep slope, ensuring good natural drainage of the soil. Similar to “Pétrus”, a layer of blue clay about 3-metre thick lies at a depth of 2,6 metres below the surface.

RED 2020 Château Meyney 75cl £0 per case of 12 Château Meyney
2020 / / 75cl
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Tasting Notes"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. 17.5 points" jancisrobinson.com------"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. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"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. 91-93 points" Jebdunnuck.com------"A punch of bright plummy fruits, a little austere on the finish but one that you feel will age well. Mocha and coffee bean through the mid palate, keeping things moving right along at a fair pace, with a generous handful of rosemary and sage spice on the finish. Harvest 16 September to October 1. Always one of the real value picks in St-Estèphe. Drinking Window 2025 - 2038. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"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. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com

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