2010 Prieur de Meyney, St-Estèphe

SKU #1254159 James Suckling

 Lots of ripe strawberries, with juicy orange and chalky mineral notes. Sweet red fruit on the palate with a juicy acidity and fine ripe tannins. Medium-full body and a pleasant medium-long finish with nice red fruit. Elegant. Second wine of Prieur de Meyney.  (10/2011)

Wine Spectator

 Offers a solid core of plum, currant paste and steeped cherry notes wrapped tightly with charcoal thread and dark briar patch and tobacco leaf notes. A bit rugged overall, but shows solid range and character. Drink now through 2020. (JM, Web Only-2013)

K&L Notes

This is the second wine of Meyney and it offers much of the flavor for half the price. This sold out quickly last time (mostly to our staff) and will likely fly out this time. Toasty aromas with sweet and delicious fruit that you can enjoy right now. 2010 was a fantastic vintage and second wine deals like this are becoming few and far between.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2016 | Send Email
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Chateau Meyney is one of the top cru bourgeois properties in St-Estephe. It sits on an outcropping of gravel soil on the banks of the Gironde River immediately north of Chateau Montrose. 51 hectares of vineyards surround the chateau in a single block, planted roughly 60% to Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% to Merlot, and 10% to Petit Verdot. Average vine age is 35 to 40 years old, with the fruit from the younger vines used to make the second wine. The second label, Prieur de Meyney, owes its name to the fact that the estate was the site of a convent back in the mid-17th century. Since its inaugural vintage in 1979, Prieur de Meyney has been made in a slightly more approachable style while preserving the essential character of the estate’s wines. The 2010 Prieur de Meyney, St-Estephe, from one of the best vintages in recent memory, is a truly outstanding value. Big and rich in style, it has all of the generous black fruits and sleek, silky texture I have come to associate with this chateau. Still very youthful at a mere six years of age with firm, fine tannins you can enjoy this now with a little time in the decanter or tuck it away in the cellar for a few more years. Ample proof that the finest wines of Bordeaux don’t have to carry a huge price tag.
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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Bordeaux