Meyney, St. Estephe 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur


ZR 16;

This was released some 15% below my bottom estimate, which makes it a seriously good buy. Classic, bright purple, fine texture and balance; a step up on Cantemerle for sure.  Black cherries dominate, with fine tannin in the background.  Will drink very well from around 2028 for some 10 y. 


Deep purple-black in color, the 2019 Meyney strides confidently out of the glass with classic notes of cassis, warm plums and baked blackberries plus hints of cedar chest, bay leaves, pencil lead and clove oil plus a waft of underbrush. The medium to full-bodied palate has a generous core of ripe black fruits with a slight touch of oak poking through and a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with impressive length. Score: 90 – 92 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Robert 18 June 2020

The 2019 Meyney is well defined on the bouquet, leaning a little more towards the red side of the fruit spectrum with raspberry, wild strawberry and floral scents. The oak is neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. It has a citric element from start to finish, a taut line of acidity with light spicy notes towards the finish that shares the brininess of stablemate Grand Puy Ducasse. Very fine. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Score: 91 – 93 Neal Martin, Maturity: 2024-204816 June 2020

The 2019 Meyney is a powerful, inky and extroverted wine. Dark fruit, licorice, cloves, menthol and dried herbs give the wine brooding power. Although not a shy wine by any means, Meyney has a good bit of energy to play off all that concentration. The style remains a bit pushed, but less overtly so than in the recent past. Score: 91 – 93 Antonio Galloni, 01 June 2020

One of the wines I use as a marker of how good the vintage is in St Estèphe, because it isn't classified but is in a brilliant location right next door to Montrose. And this is good, extremely concentrated, pure cassis and bilberry flavours, tons of tannins, clear austerity and fairly high acidity as I am getting in a lot of these 2019s. Not the same luscious character as 2018, but in many ways that makes it more typical of the appellation, and the alcohol seems less over the top than in 2018. Lots to enjoy here, not quite up to 2016 standard but not far. Tasted two weeks apart, and if anything its expression had deepened second time around. Hubert de Boüard consultant.  Score: 93 Jane Anson, Maturity: 2025 – 2038 30 May 2020

Aromas and flavors of blackberries and blueberries with walnut and coffee-bean notes. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a flavorful finish. Excellent, but not the 2018. Score: 92 - 93James Suckling, 13 May 2020


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