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  • 1662

    One of the oldest estate of the Médoc

    Château Meyney is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc.

    In 1662, it was a Convent mentioned in records under the names Couvent des Feuillants or Prieuré des Couleys. Today, the estate stretches over some of the best hilltops above the Gironde Estuary. The river lying alongside the first rows of vines makes for a majestic, serene landscape.

    The estate belonged to the Luetkens family for several generations, and was then acquired by Mr Désiré Cordier in 1919. In 2004, CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Groupe Crédit Agricole, acquired Château Meyney, with a determination to strengthen the potential of this outstanding cru. An improvement plan was put together for the entire estate. It is supervised today by Anne Le Naour, the Technical Director, and the consultant oenologist, Hubert de Bouärd.

    The company CA Grands Crus, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Groupe Crédit Agricole, became, in 2004, the owner of prestigious Bordeaux estates: Château de Rayne Vigneau, 1er Grand Cru Classé Sauternes, Château Grand-Puy Ducasse, 5ème Grand Cru Classé Pauillac, Château Meyney, Saint-Estèphe, Château Blaignan, Cru Bourgeois Médoc.

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    Château Meyney

  • Château Meyney

    Saint-Estèphe

    The company CA Grands Crus, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Groupe Crédit Agricole, became, in 2004, the owner of prestigious Bordeaux estates: Château de Rayne Vigneau, 1er Grand Cru Classé Sauternes, Château Grand-Puy Ducasse, 5ème Grand Cru Classé Pauillac, Château Meyney, Saint-Estèphe, Château Blaignan, Cru Bourgeois Médoc.

    Vineyard

    51 ha overlooking the Gironde estuary

    Superbly located on a mound overlooking the Gironde estuary, the château lies at the centre of a single block vineyard of 51 hectares (126 acres).

    Château Meyney looks down onto the Gironde and the presence of the estuary protects the estate from frosts. The vineyard is planted on Garonne gravels. The vines are an average age of 35 to 40 years, divided between 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30%Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

    The vines climb to an altitude of 20 metres up, quite a steep slope, ensuring good natural drainage of the soil. Similar to “Pétrus”, a layer of blue clay about 3-metre thick lies at a depth of 2,6 metres below the surface.

    These remarkable natural factors give the wine an exceptional richness.

    • Cabernet Sauvignon 60 %
    • Merlot 30 %
    • Petit Verdot 10 %

CA Grands Crus

Harvesting

& Winemaking at Château Meyney

Following hand-picking and selection of the grapes on the vine, the grapes are, again, carefully selected in the winery, passing through a brand-new optical sorting machine. The grapes are then fermented in vats of varying capacities, which allow us to adapt to the size of each batch. The fermentation starts after a few days of cool soaking. After fermentation, maceration continues for an average of 30 days before the wine is run off. Part of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation in new barrels. The wine is aged in French oak barrels from 18 to 24 months depending on the vintage. 40% of the barrels are renewed each year.

The young vines of the estate are dedicated to a second wine: Prieur de Meyney.

The château produces around 160 000 bottles depending on the vintage.