2010 Chateau Meyney

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Estephe
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 89
James Suckling: 92
Jeff Leve: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"Solid, if a bit chunky in feel, with a slightly squared-off charcoal and ganache frame surrounding a core of dark plum, black currant and licorice root. Shows more austerity than flesh, but displays outstanding length and cut. This has added lots of grip in élevage. For fans of the taut style. Best from 2016 through 2026. 11,250 cases made. –JM " (WS)

"It is good to see this well-situated estate in St.-Estephe get back on track. The 2010 has loads of beef blood, charcuterie and smoked game along with black currant fruit. Some underlying graphite notes are also present in this full-bodied, meaty, fleshy wine, which has outstanding concentration and the potential to last for 15 or more years. It is a major sleeper of the vintage." (WA)

"Bright ruby-red. Medicinal black fruits, menthol and bitter chocolate on the nose. Dense and rich if a bit chunky, offering very good intensity to the flavors of blackberry, black cherry and fresh herbs. The medicinal aspect repeats on the finish, which features broad, dusty tannins and a slightly green character." (VM)

"A wine with a pretty balance of spices, blackberry, mint, and ripe fruit follow through to a full body, fine tannins and a spicy, chocolate and walnut character. Pretty balance of fruit and tannins. Better in 2016." (JS)

"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 - Tasted May 8, 2013" (JL)


In checking my tasting notes for the last few years I noticed that I’ve tried the deep purple colored 2010 Chateau Meyney nearly a half-dozen times, but until now have not recommended it. Then I tried it a few weeks ago and was most pleasantly surprised that it is now opening up and certainly deserves the praise that Robert Parker personally gave the wine by calling it, “a major sleeper of the vintage.”

Still tannic, but not to the almost overpowering level it showed a few years ago it has softened enough to now be quite drinkable though it still will gain with several more years bottle aging.

The Cabernet Sauvignon character predominates with its most noticeable concentrated aromas and tastes of dark cherries, smoked beef, rosemary like herbs and hints of graphite like minerals.

Chateau Meyney covers around 125 acres in the St. Estephe part of the upper Haut-Medoc, producing about 30,000 cases a year and is planted in 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and a 2% touch of Petit Verdot.


PRICE: $34.95 *** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
Good intensity with deep red colour and purple tinges. Enticing nose full of cassis, mild spices and graphite. The whole bouquet is very expressive. The palate reveals a well structured and balanced wine with clear-cut flavours, dense middle palate and ripe, silky tannins. Here is a truly great vintage for cellaring from Meyney.

Can be enjoyed as from 2015. At its best between 2025 and 2030.