Meyney 2017

SubregionSt Estephe

This Saint Estephe Chateau makes wines that are true to the appellation with impressive depth and concentration. Usually modestly priced en primeur. The 51 hectare vineyard is planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Recent vintages have impressed us here. Always performs well in blind tastings.


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Tasting Notes

A deep purple colour, with cool cassis fruit and a touch of allspice on the nose. The palate is firm and robust, with rich, chalky tannins coating the palate and making for a compact and dense core of black fruit. This fruit fleshes out through the mid palate, with waves of cassis and black plum taming the crunchy structure. The result is an exotic, ripe and juicy style despite the level of structure. This should offer good quality for price again this year.

Score: 15+Farr Vintners, April 2018

The 2017 Meyney has a clean and fresh bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit mingling with cedar and light cigar humidor aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, ripe tannin and a fine bead of acidity. I find this surprisingly juicy in style that probably belies the structure underneath. This will be one of the more approachable Saint-Estèphe wines in this vintage, but one that I find well made. 2020 - 2035

Score: 90/92Neal Martin,, May 2018

This is very nicely done with a lithe yet structured core of dark fruit and round, juicy tannins. Medium to full body, a driven line of acidity and a long finish.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, April 2018

Two thousand seventeen is a very fine vintage for Meyney. A powerful, resonant Saint-Estèphe, the 2017 is endowed with striking aromatics that give the wine a bit more freshness than has been the case in some recent vintages. Dark red-toned fruit, leather, smoke and grilled herb overtones add nuance throughout. This is one of the finer recent vintages I have tasted from Meyney. Winemaker Anne Le Naour did a terrific job with the 2017. The blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, aged in 40% new barrels. Tasted three times.

Score: 89/92Antonio Galloni,, May 2018

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Meyney features baked cherries, mulberries and plum preserves on the nose with hints of smoked meats and black olives. The palate is medium-bodied, firm, grainy and a little tart with good fruit expression and length.

Score: 86/88Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

Deep cherry red with purple rim. A hint of savoury oak on the nose but plenty of black fruit to hold sway. An inviting and subtle dusty overlay. Pretty oaky on the palate – unusual in this vintage – but the char is quite definite. Just fresh enough but I hope it takes on more flesh before bottling. Tough and charry on the finish.
Drink 2025-2030

Score: 15Julia Harding MW,, April 2018

The nose has black fruits the palate a mix of black cherry and blackcurrant. The tannins are firm giving mid structure. It fills out a bit at the back slightly more concentrated flavours but the finish is tight and dry. 2025-34

Score: 84/87Derek Smedley MW,, April 2018

This is more proof of the consistency of Meyney. It has clear oak finessing, well held together with a cinnamon dusting and white pepper spicing, giving a gourmet edge with its own character. This feels finessed, contemporary and accomplished; a pretty complete package. This perhaps doesn't quite have the generosity of 2016, as the tannins are a little more tightly-drawn, but this is still good. Retasted several times and it stands out for its quality. Harvested 15 September to 5 October. Hubert de Boüard is consultant, with Anne Le Naour technical director.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2036

Score: 92Jane Anson,, April 2018

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