Meyney 2016

St Estephe, Cru bourgeois

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Tasting Notes

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. Some tasters found the tannins of the St-Estèphes a bit much, but I absolutely loved them. These were wines that truly expressed the rigour and stoniness of the appellation but all of it overlaid with fine, fully ripe, subtle fruit. And the array also included one of the most notable bargains of the vintage: Ch Meyney was my favourite as well as the joint group favourite St-Estèphe with the widely admired Ch Calon-Ségur, outscoring the traditional titans of the commune Chx Montrose and Cos d’Estournel.

Score: 18+

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2026-2050 23 January 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.

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2024-2037 19 April 2017

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: 96

James Suckling, Maturity: 2023+ 04 February 2019

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

Score: 95 - 96

James Suckling, 04 April 2017

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.

Score: 93

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2022-2036 01 January 2019

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 - 93

Antonio Galloni, 25 April 2017

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.

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2040 28 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.

Score: 92

Decanter Maturity: 2024-2040 20 April 2017

Deep purple colour, quite inky. Blackcurrants and cherries, very ripe and sweet in the middle. Fresh and long with ripe, taut tannins.

Score: 91 - 93

Albany Vintners 19 April 2017

Very fresh and rather open in feel, with gently crushed plum and black cherry fruit, gilded with a hint of warm paving stone. Stays bright overall through the finish.

Score: 89 - 92

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 10 April 2017