55% Cabernet Sauvignon
15% Petit Verdot
Flowering of merlot was somewhat handicapped by cool, humid weather in June, which considerably reduced the yields from this variety.
Otherwise 2010 fulfilled all the conditions for a great vintage, allowing to produce perfectly ripe grapes for every plot.
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 %
Flowering: Merlot 3rd June, Cabernet Sauvignon 10th june, Petit Verdot 13th june
Véraison: Merlot 9th August, Cabernet Sauvignon 12th August, Petit Verdot 16th August
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.
10 to 20 years