2011 La Chapelle de Meyney St Estephe
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"This is the second wine from this prestigious Saint-Estèphe estate. It is just showing maturity as its sheds the tannic shell typical of the vintage and offers secondary, beautifully ripe flavors that retain their structure and fine acidity. There is a leather and spice character that finishes the wine in great style."
Flanked by Chateau Montrose (2nd growth) and Calon Segur (3rd growth), the château lies at the center of a single block of vineyards of about fifty hectares (126 acres) on a superbly situated knoll that overlooks the Gironde estuary. One of the oldest estates in the Medoc, Meyney was constructed as a monastery in 1662. The property was confiscated during the French Revolution, and subsequently re-sold into private hands. It was owned for several generations by the Luetkins family, royalists, who also owned Chateau La Tour Carnet (4th growth). uring the 1855 classification, the Luetkins family had the right to present one estate for classification. Torn between Meyney (which had a superior terroir) and La Tour Carnet (which had a more majestic chateau), The Leutkins submitted La Tour Carnet...which was classified as a 4th growth. As a result, Meyney was not classified. However, its location, just between Montrose and Calon Segur, give an indication of the extraordinary terroir, and makes one wonder if it would have been classified either a 2nd or 3rd growth, if presented in 1855.
43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot
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