Chateau Meyney St. Estephe Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Chateau Meyney

Learn everything about Chateau Meyney, St. Estephe with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips. Learn all the best vintages, vineyards, a history of the property and information on the winemaking. If you want to read about other Bordeaux wine producers: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Meyney History, Overview

Chateau Meyney in Saint Estephe has a long history starting in the 17th century. At that time, the Bordeaux wine estate belonged to the monks who planted the first vines at Meyney about 1660. Prior to the planting of the vines, the property was previously used as a convent.

However, the modern age of Chateau Meyney starts in 1917, when it was purchased by the well-established Cordier family that same year. The wines were produced at the time by the same team that looked after all the numerous Cordier estates.

Headed by Georges Pauli, the other wineries in the group included; Chateau Gruaud Larose in St. Julien and Chateau Cantemerle in Haut Medoc among their properties.

Chateau Meyney the Modern Age

In 2004, Chateau Meyney was purchased by CA Grands Crus, which owns several other Bordeaux properties including; Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse in Pauillac, Chateau Rayne Vigneau in Sauternes and other assorted Cru Bourgeois estates. Thierry Budin was placed in charge of the various Bordeaux wine-producing estates.

Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus began consulting Chateau Meyney and all the other CA Grands Crus properties in late 2013.

Things quickly changed for the better at Chateau Meyney. With the 2014 vintage, Chateau Meyney produced what could be the best wine in the history of the estate. That is until the sublime 2016 vintage which is even better!

Chateau Meyney Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 51 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Meyney is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The current vineyard plantings represent a change in the Chateau Meyney vineyard. Previously, there was some Cabernet Franc planted in their Medoc vineyard. Those vines were removed and more Merlot was added to the vineyard in its place.

The vineyard is in 1 large, single parcel, which is unusual for such a big vineyard. However, the large vineyard is divided into 63 separate plots. Situated close to Chateau Montrose and not far from Chateau Phelan Segur, they have some very good terroir.

Chateau Meyney has a terroir of gravel and sand with a large streak of blue clay close to three meters thick, that resides underneath the gravel and sand, topsoil.

The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare for their newer plantings. The older plantings are closer to 7,500 plants per hectare. The vines are on average between 35 and 40 years old. However, they also have very, old vines that are close to 100 years of age, which are some of the oldest vines in the Saint Estephe appellation.

Chateau Meyney Wine Making

To produce the wine of Chateau Meyney, vinification takes place in traditional, temperature-controlled, cement vats that vary in size. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for between 18 and 24 months, depending on the character and quality of the vintage.

On average, Chateau Meyney produces close to 25,000 cases of Saint Estephe wine per year. There is a second wine, Prieur de Meyney.

The best vintages of Chateau Meyney are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2000 and 1982. However, it’s interesting to note that vintages from the 1950s, 1940s and the 1930s have provided great tasting experiences. Older vintages of Chateau Meyney with good provenance are worth taking a chance on at auction.

When to Drink Chateau Meyney, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Meyney can be enjoyed early. However, the wine is often better with at least a few years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Meyney is usually best enjoyed in the first 10-20 years after the vintage when it is at full maturity.

Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Meyney with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Meyney is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Meyney is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Meyney is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Château Meyney Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 93

Black and blue fruits with a wealth of Asian spices and espresso is found right off the bat on the nose. On the palate, the wine is rich, supple, lush and polished with a core of ripe, dark, sweet fruits, silky tannins and a finish packed with peppery fruits, chocolate and espresso beans. Give this at least 5-6 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following 20-25 years. 92-94 Pts

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2019 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 94

Showing much better in bottle than it did from the barrel, the deeply colored wine is imbued with cigar box, tobacco leaf, spice, espresso, wet earth, and dark currants and blackberries. On the palate, the wine focuses on its medium/full-bodied core of ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, soft, tannins, and polished finish and its light kiss of chocolate in the endnote. Drink from 2025-2042. 94 Points

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Dark garnet in color, with a healthy sweetness to the cherry and raspberry fruits on the nose and palate. The wine is medium-bodied, fresh and energetic. 90-92 Pts

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2018 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 94

Smoke, espresso, spice box, black cherry, tobacco and blackberries create the perfume. Round, rich, lush, supple textured red fruits taste and feel great on the palate and in the finish. This is so good now and it is only going to get better from here as it should offer up to 2 decades of pleasure. Fans of Meyney should be all over this. The wine was made from blending 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 18% Petit Verdot. 94 Points

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Clearly a contender for the best vintage of Meyney ever produced, this wine has a fabulous depth of flavor, concentration, silky soft tannins, perfectly ripe dark, spicy, fresh fruits, length and an expansive finish. The wine was made from blending 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 18% Petit Verdot. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 90

Soft textured, medium bodied, sweet, ripe and polished, there is a gentle, fruity quality that carries through from the attack to the already open finish. 90 Points

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2016 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 93

Almost opaque in color, you can tell this is going to be Dark black fruits, truffle, smoke, jam and tobacco scents are just great in the nose. The wine is rich, concentrated and has depth of flavor with length. Not a finesse styled wine, instead you enjoy a blast of ripe, dark fruits, crunchy tannins and serious levels of fruit in the finish! This is the best vintage of Meyney ever produced. 93 Points

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Almost opaque in color, this is a beauty! The wine is rich, concentrated and has depth of flavor with length. The fruit is unadulterated purity and unreal deliciousness; the finishes builds into a sensory experience of taste and feel. This is the best vintage of Meyney ever produced. 93 Points

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2015 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 90

The wine is medium bodied, soft, polished, forward and delivers its red fruits, tobacco, cedar and spicy cherries with little effort. Give this just a few years and it will show great 90 Points

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Medium bodied, soft, refined and focused on its freshness, red fruits and tobacco, cedar, cherry and spice filled character. Forward in style, this will drink well with just a few years of age. 90 Points

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Soft, fresh, red fruits, this wine is medium-bodied and elegant in texture with salty tannins in mix. 88 - 90 Pts

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2014 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 93

This is probably the best vintage of Meyney produced to date. It’s certainly the best wine I’ve tasted from the estate. (And I have tasted wines dating back to 1929!) Vibrant in color with strong aroma of blackberry, plum and spice, this wine is a liquid dream, concentrated and fleshy with length, purity and character. Much of the success is due to the estate’s recently adopted, spare-no-expense attitude and a man named Hubert de Bouard, new consultant to Meyney. This is a wine to watch, especially if it stays reasonably priced. 92–94 Pts

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2013 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 89

Spicy oak with black cherry and spice aromatics on the nose, the wine is medium bodied, with black raspberry and oak on the palate with a bit of a polish sense to its tannins. This is the first vintage made with the aid of Hubert de Bouard as the consultant. 88-90 Pts

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2012 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 89

Ready to drink, medium-bodied, classically-classically-styled, with a nose of tobacco, cedar, green pepper and bright red fruits, the wine is slightly lean on the palate with fresh, bright, crisp red fruits in the finish. 89 Points

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Earth, forest and cassis notes shift to a medium-bodied, cassis-filled wine that should drink well young. 88-90 Pts

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2011 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 88

From a blend of 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.7% alcohol. The wine will be aged in 35% new oak. Damage to various degrees took place to almost 80% of the vineyards due to the September hail storm. Coffee, blackberry and earthy aromatics, medium bodied with ripe tannins, cassis and spicy black cherry in the finish. 87-89 Pts

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2010 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 90

Earthy, mineral driven dark berries, cassis and spicy scents open to a tannic, fresh wine that should improve for another decade or two. 90 Points

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2009 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 92

This just keeps getting better and better. The wine is medium/full-bodied, with a core of earthy, spicy, tobacco stained red berries, round, soft, inviting tannins, freshness and a gorgeous, spicy, red fruit filled finish. Give this just a few more years and it will show even better! 92 Points

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Ripe dark fruits, licorice, smoke, earth and spice aromas open to a medium/full bodied, soft, round, forward wine that can be enjoyed in its youth or aged, as there is enough stuffing for this wine to improve for at least a decade or more. 91 Points

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2008 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 86

2008 Chateau Meyney is deep ruby in color, Black fruit, cassis, gravel and green aromatics lead into this medium bodied wine. Rough textures and drying tannins are a drawback. The wine ends wine with short cassis flavors. 86 Points

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2007 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 87

Earthy, tobacco cedar and leafy forest notes almost overwhelm the red fruits and spice. Medium-bodied, fully mature, there is no reason to hold this wine any longer. 87 Points

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2006 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 87

Better on the nose, with its focus on earth, tobacco, cigar wrapper, herbs, cassis and cranberry, than on the medium bodied, earthy, slightly austere palate. You can drink this now, or age it further, hoping for more softness. 87 Points

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2006 Meyney opens with cassis, tobacco, cedar and earthy scents. This traditionally made wine displays a rustic, tannic personality. The wine finishes with a short dark cherry note 87 Points

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2005 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 90

2005 Meyney - Truffle, mocha. cassis, spice and forest floor scents are already on display. Full bodied and tannic, almost masculine wine will need some time before coming together. It should age well as it has ample stuffing. The wine ends with a blast of black cherry flavors. 90 Points

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2004 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 84

Past its prime, with crisp red berries, cassis and tobacco notes in the nose, this light wine requires consumption. 84 Points

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2004 Meyney offers floral, black fruit, truffle, oak and stone aromatics. The wine ends with cranberry and cassis flavors. 87 Points

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2003 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 91

Earhy, herbs, blackberry, mint and olive scents, soft, supple textures and a round, sweet, blackberry jam finish. This is drinking perfectly today. There is no need to wait to pop a bottle. 91 Points

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2003 Meyney starts off with fresh blackberry, cassis, spice and toast aromatics. Full bodied and with some intensity of flavor. this concentrated wine is tannic, but the tannins are ripe. This wine will age and develop well. 90 Points

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2002 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 85

2002 Meyney starts off with earth, barnyard, truffle and tobacco notes. The wine ends with a short finish of cassis, rhubarb and green flavors. 85 Points

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2001 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 85

2001 Meyney offers earth, cassis and leather aromas. This simple wine ends with cassis and mushroom flavors. 85 Points

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2000 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 84

2000 Meyney - Spice, earth, cassis, barnyard, horsey aromatics along with green sensations lead into a medium bodied wine that finishes with light rhubarb and cassis flavors. 84 Points

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1995 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 83

1995 Meyney - Truffle, earth and blackberries make up the aromatics for this lean, thin, drying wine 83 Points

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1988 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 84

1988 Meyney is fully mature with is mushroom, tobacco, herb. mocha and cassis nose. The wine ends with drying sensations and red and black flavors. 84 Points

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1986 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 87

1986 Meyney is light in color and body. Stewed fruit, tobacco and earthy aromatics coupled with a short drying finish are to be expected with this fully mature wine. Drink up. It will not get better. 87 Points

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1982 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 90

Stewed cherries, cassis, forest floor, cedar, coffee, mint and truffle aromas. The fruit seems to be starting to slowly fade away at close to 30 years of age. Drink this over the next few years before more of the fruit fades away. 90 Points

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1970 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 83

1970 Meyney begins with a stewed fruit, leather, earth, cassis and tobacco nose. This fully mature wine was probably better several years ago as very little fruit remained in this light, red fruited wine. 83 Points

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1966 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 85

1966 Meyney - Dried pit fruit and tobacco scents were not made more attractive by the austere nature of the wine. This fully mature wine ended with light cassis and cherry flavors. 85 Points

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1962 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 84

1962 Meyney - Truffle, earth, barnyard. leather and spice made up the perfume. This medium bodied, fully mature wine concluded with light, spice and cassis flavors. 84 Points

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1961 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 88

1961 Meyney was the color of brick. Herbs stable aromas, cedar, tobacco and cassis made for a nice perfume, But the wine was past its best days and not much fruit remained. The wine ended with cassis and tart sensations. 88 Pts

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1955 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 91

1955 Meyney offered complex aromas of whiskey, cedar, herbs, truffle, herbs, spice and some dark berry scents. Light in texture, this elegant wine may have seen better days. But it was a pleasure to taste as it ended with spicy, berry and cassis flavors. 91 Points

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1952 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 80

1952 Meyney opened with truffles, earth, barnyard, cedar and forest floor aromas. Very little fruit remained. The wine ended with tart, drying flavors. 80. 80 Points

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1947 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 91

1947 Meyney - When at first you don't succeed, you try again. At least that's what happened at the chateau on that date. The first bottle was filled with VA, so the chateau agreed to share a second bottle. Earth, leather, crushed rock, tar, smoke, truffle, coffee, smoke and textures that are only experienced with the patina of age were a treat for the senses. The wine ended with delicate, fresh, cherries and spice flavors. 91 Points

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1934 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 90

1934 Meyney - It's always a pleasure to taste a wine from my dad's birth year. Tea colored with aromas of BBQ, smoke, tea, truffles, flowers and earth. Medium bodied, the wine ends with strawberry, mint and cassis flavors. This was a very nice 1934 Bordeaux wine. While I do not get to taste many 1934 wines, I continue to be surprised at the quality of the vintage. It seems to have been a good vintage with the ability to age for decades. 90 Points

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1929 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 92

1929 Meyney was a treat and a surprise. The color looked like a wine from the 60's. Truffles, truffles and more truffles permeated the aromatics of this wine. Toss in cedar, spice, leather, earth plus a hint of mint and you get an idea of what this wine smelled like. In the mouth, the wine was opulent, yet a little firm. The finish was filled with black cherries and you guessed it, truffles. 92 Points

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