The dry, hard tannins are very Saint-Estèphe, but the wine bears its weight well, giving good black plum and berry fruits and a dense texture. It has a solid, chunky feel to it, dark and firm. The finish is more fresh and juicy.
89–91. Barrel sample. This wine is marked by new-wood spice and strong structure that showcases a sense of weight and spicy ripeness. The palate is powerful, while also maintaining a bold, juicy character.
Typical of Saint-Estèphe, this wine is totally closed up. It is more tannins than fruit at this stage of its development. But it is obvious that there is fruit there, and that it will develop. But for now, it's a case of watch this space.
Meyney is often the most gentle of the great estates of Saint-Estèphe, and in 2003 this character is most obvious. The wine is full of vitality and ripeness, soft tannins showing the property more than the hot year. The fruit dominates right through the wine, with dryness only appearing in the aftertaste.