This well situated St Estephe property, were Hubert de Bouard is the consultant oenologist was one of our best value picks in 2014. We tasted the 2015 in St Emilion amongst some opulent offerings. The conditions in St Estephe proved a stark contrast to the ripeness on the right bank. There is a sinewy toughness to the 2015 Meyney. Classic Cabernet flavours of cool cassis and tea leaves emerge from the glass. The palate is chewy, with wild berry notes and bittersweet flavours of Sanguinello orange. It will require time, but it should develop into a classic cassis scented northern Medoc.
A part of St-Estèphe is separated from Pauillac's Lafite only by a stream.Though St-Estèphe contains some gravel, it is largely renowned for the high clay content of its soils compared with other vineyards on the left bank. These wetter cooler soils favour the Merlot, hence the relatively large proportion of plantings compared neighbouring communes, though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates. The cool soils means the grapes are later ripeing and tend to have high acidities, archetypal St Estèphe is a strong-willed, tannic structured wine to be laid down. The stars of St-Estèphe are Montrose, Cos d’Estournel and Calon-Segur, whilst Haut Marbuzet and Lafon Rochet have been producing excellent value wines over the last few years.