Chateau Meyney, a Saint-Estephe Cru Bourgeois wine estate with vineyards running down to the Gironde estuary, was among the more enigmatic wines from Hubert de Bouard de Laforest’s consultancy portfolio featured in a tasting at Vinexpo over the past week.
Hubert de Bouard de Laforest and Philippe Nunes. Photo: Guy Collins
``No-one knows why Chateau Meyney wasn’t classified in 1855,’’ de Bouard said at a presentation May 31 alongside oenologist Philippe Nunes, who is part of his team working on 85 wine estates, primarily in Bordeaux but also internationally. ``It’s a very good wine to buy because it’s not the price of the two neighbors.’’
On one side of Meyney is Chateau Montrose, a second-growth estate owned by the billionaire Bouygues brothers. On the other side is Chateau Calon Segur. The Chateau Meyney estate dates back to 1662, making it one of the oldest in Bordeaux, and is now owned by Credit Agricole. It comprises 51 hectares (126 acres) in a single block, produces 160,000 bottles a year on average and has 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 percent Merlot and 15 percent Petit Verdot.
``The color is very rich, very inky,’’ de Bouard said of the 2015 vintage being shown. He has developed his consultancy business alongside his commitment to Chateau Angelus, his family’s flagship estate in Saint Emilion.
Hubert de Bouard Consulting was started back in 2001, and has grown to a team of six with a laboratory. While most of the vineyards with which it works are in Bordeaux, it also does business in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Lebanon and South Africa.
Other wines in the tasting included Chateau Blaignan, a 97-hectare Cru Bourgeois estate from the northern Medoc, Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse from Pauillac and Saint Emilion estates Chateau Montlabert, Chateau Grand Corbin and Chateau de Pressac.