Meyney 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Estephe
ColourRed
TypeStill

This Saint Estephe Chateau makes wines that are true to the appellation with impressive depth and concentration. Always 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.


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Tasting Notes

Wild nose. Impressive, deep hue and a wealth of fresh, violet-like aromas, as well as cassis, graphite and dark cherries. The palate has a very sleek, fine, powerful core of tannins that bring a lot of depth and deliver rich dark-fruit flavor. A classic Meyney. Best since 1961! Try from 2023.

Score: 96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (227), February 2019

The 2016 Meyney is a bold, powerful wine. Tobacco, menthol, chocolate, spice and torrefaction notes all add shades of darkness. Meyney is potent and quite broad in feel, and yet everything is very nicely balanced. Although not especially subtle, Meyney delivers the goods, and then some. Drink 2022-2036.

Score: 93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 Meyney has quite an opulent and flamboyant bouquet, which is something I do not expect from this Saint Estèphe. It seems to calm down in the glass and attains more delineation and poise. The palate is sweet on the entry with impressive precision, quite linear in style with blackberry, graphite and smoky notes, leading to a finish that offers satisfying persistence. Excellent.
Drink Date 2021 - 2040

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Solid and incredible depth reminds me of the Meyney of the 1960s that were so structured and incredible. Full body yet polished and refined. Super structure.

Score: 95/96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 Meyney is powerful and absolutely delicious. Black fruit, torrefaction, smoke, licorice and bittersweet chocolate flavors are dark and boldly sketched. Beams of firm tannin add to the wine's imposing, brooding personality. All the elements fall into place effortlessly in this ample, broad Saint-Estèphe.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Intense Indian ink on the nose. Give me my calligraphy pen! Rich and round. Very glamorous. So much effort has gone into every drop of this …. VGV
Drink 2026 – 2050

Score: 18.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020

Very deep crimson. Sweet and perfumed. Very luscious with a hint of camembert! Much riper and lusher than the average St-Estèphe. Very dry end. Only on the end does the appellation impose itself.
Drink 2024-2037

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

Deep purple in colour. Dense and brooding on the nose, still very youthful and tight. With air this starts to unfurl just a little, revealing cedar, pure blackcurrant and dark cherry, with just a hint of exotic spice and mocha. The palate is concentrated, with initially compact fruit expanding through the mid-palate. The tannins are chalky, full and chewy, a classis St Estèphe. Despite this, there is refinement. Savoury, dark fruits push through the structure in tandem with incense and nutmeg. This is very youthful and built for the future, but it is remarkable to think that this wine is Meyney and not something more grandiose. Must be one of the value picks of the vintage. Give it another 6-8 years in bottle, then drink over the following 15+ years.

Average score from the Southwold Group: 17.12

Score: 17Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2019

The fruit on the nose is fresh the palate firm black cherry and cassis underpinned by tight tannins. It does fill out towards the back sweeter fruit but tannic firmness tends to dominate and hold back the fruit on the finish. 2025-38

Score: 86/89Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Winemaker Anne la Naour and consultant Hubert de Bouard are clearly working very hard on upping the quality of Meyney, which is just starting to push beyond its normal price category. Of the triumvirate of great vintages, for me the 2014 was incredible and punched above its weight, but this is also a very good wine. It's a terroir of clay and gravel that takes a long time to come round, but already we have freshness, colour and spice with big bristling tannins and well placed damson and black cherry fruits. Powerful upfront with a good round mouthfeel, this has depth and solidity, a serious wine. 49% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Petit Verdot.

Drinking Window 2024 - 2040

Score: 92Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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