The 2018 Meyney is very closed and backward on the nose, possibly due to the oak becoming more prominent at this stage during its élevage. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, fresh in the mouth with a linear, tobacco and graphite tinged finish. All the component parts are here, but its very tight and I am sure it will need several years in bottle. Could this be the best value in the appellation this year? I'll leave it to tussle out with Lafon-Rochet. 2023 - 2040
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Meyney gives up blackcurrants, black berries and plums on the nose with earth and spices plus fried herbs and lots of oak. The big, full-bodied palate has some promising fruit but is a bit hard and oaky.
|Score: 89/91+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
A very dense yet tight and focused red with blackcurrants, blackberries and hints of spices and walnuts. Full-bodied, very compact and long. Intense finish.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Meyney is powerful, dense and super-expressive. Gravel, game, scorched earth, smoke, licorice, incense and spice infuse this potent, virile Saint-Estèphe. The fruit profile and oak integration point to a transition towards a less extracted style. Even so, there is plenty of the richness readers have come to expect from Meyney. Tasted two times.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
Barrel sample. Black core with deep purple rim. Very oaky on the nose, sweetly toasty as a counterpoint to stony, dark fruit. The oak really dominates the palate, the tannins thereby thickened, like thick chocolate. Chewy finish but it does have enough freshness. (JH)
|Score: 16||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Very deep in colour, with a rich, ripe cassis nose that is accented with sage and clove. The palate is bold and rich in tannins, but they are ripe and refined, making this surprisingly elegant. The cool but creamy cassis on the palate adds to the fine poise in this wine, which is perfectly proportioned and long, with depth on the finish that is pure rather than expansive. Long and fine, this should be one of the value picks for the vintage.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
It's clear that this is hugely concentrated, as is the Montrose right next door, but there's also beautiful juice and freshness underneath the black fruits and the powerful grip. Tannins, acidity and fruit: it's all there. This is great quality and should be long-lived, with a rich palate, evenly balanced and austere in all the right places. Another good vintage at this increasingly impressive property.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2040
|Score: 94||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019|