|Subregion||France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Estèphe|
This Saint Estèphe château 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. This château always performs well in blind tastings - often being mistaken for Montrose - and was a star of the "Southwold" blind tastings in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Offering up aromas of cassis, blackberries, spices and creamy new oak, the 2021 Meyney is medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with lively acids, powdery tannins and an impressively rich, textural profile for the vintage. It's a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 12% Petit Verdot.
The 2021 Meyney has a lovely bouquet with floral-tinged red berry fruit, opening nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh red berry fruit laced with oyster shell and spice. Fine build towards a menthol-tinged finish, winemaker Anne La Nour has conjured a very commendable Saint-Estèphe from a tricky growing season. If release prices match your wallet, I'd stick a case (or two) in the cellar.
A pretty wine with currant, cherry and some spices, such as nutmeg. Subtle this year. Medium body.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2021 Meyney features notes of cedar chest and unsmoked cigars to begin, giving way to a vibrant core of fresh raspberries and black currants. The oak stands out a little on the delicate, light to medium-bodied palate, lending a chewiness to the otherwise soft tannins and clouding the finish slightly. I expect this will improve with elevage.
This has tannins, grip and plenty of character. Majors on blueberry and raspberry fruit, dips through the mid palate but enjoyable, one to look out for, with smoked caramel notes from the oak. Tasted twice. 44hl/h yield. Harvest September 24 to October 8. Anne la Naour technical director. Hubert de Bouard consultant.
Cask sample. Excellent depth of flavour and ripeness. Sappy with no skinniness. Really no sign that this was a difficult vintage. Complete. Fresh with ripe tannins dominated by vibrant, ripe fruit. It even has some impressive persistence. It’s not super-ripe but is certainly ripe enough.
Drink 2027 – 2042