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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. Prior to the planting of the vines, the property was used 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.
Chateau Meyney the Modern Age
In 2004, Chateau Meyney was purchased 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.
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.
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, top soil.
The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare. The vines are on 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 vMaking
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 60% 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: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2000 and 1982. However, it’s interesting to note that vintages from the 1950’s, 1940’s and the 1930’s 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
31 Vintages 152,580 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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
2,209 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
4,392 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
6,352 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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
2,861 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
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.
2,832 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
Soft, fresh, red fruits, this wine is medium-bodied and elegant in texture with salty tannins in mix. 88 - 90 Pts
4,692 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2016
|2014||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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
5,522 Views Tasted Apr 13, 2015
|2013||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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
2,489 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
|2012||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
Earth, forest and cassis notes shift to a medium-bodied, cassis-filled wine that should drink well young. 88-90 Pts
3,587 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2013
|2011||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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
4,448 Views Tasted Apr 8, 2012
|2010||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
Earthy, mineral driven dark berries, cassis and spicy scents open to a tannic, fresh wine that should improve for another decade or two.
6,991 Views Tasted May 8, 2013
|2009||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
6,762 Views Tasted Jan 28, 2014
|2008||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
6,521 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|2006||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
4,016 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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
5,280 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|2005||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
7,884 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|2004||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
Past its prime, with crisp red berries, cassis and tobacco notes in the nose, this light wine requires consumption.
4,389 Views Tasted Jan 4, 2015
2004 Meyney offers floral, black fruit, truffle, oak and stone aromatics. The wine ends with cranberry and cassis flavors.
3,079 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|2003||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
4,742 Views Tasted Nov 8, 2012
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.
5,351 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|2002||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
2002 Meyney starts off with earth, barnyard, truffle and tobacco notes. The wine ends with a short finish of cassis, rhubarb and green flavors.
2,809 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|2001||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
2001 Meyney offers earth, cassis and leather aromas. This simple wine ends with cassis and mushroom flavors.
3,859 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|2000||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
6,651 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1995||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
1995 Meyney - Truffle, earth and blackberries make up the aromatics for this lean, thin, drying wine
4,653 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1988||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
3,481 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1986||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
5,055 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1982||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
4,850 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1970||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
3,937 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1966||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
3,932 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1962||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
3,439 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1961||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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
2,440 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1955||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
2,627 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1952||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
1952 Meyney opened with truffles, earth, barnyard, cedar and forest floor aromas. Very little fruit remained. The wine ended with tart, drying flavors. 80.
2,743 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1947||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
2,756 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1934||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
2,327 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009
|1929||Château Meyney (St. Estèphe)|
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.
2,622 Views Tasted Sep 24, 2009