Most often we think of Bordeaux as being powerful austere wines that can take decades to approach. While this is true for many of the top Chateaus in the region, there is a great deal of easy drinking red Bordeaux made in a fashion that is meant to be consumed young. In good vintages these wines represent exceptional values for every day drinking.
The 2015 Chateau Vieux Meyney is great, easy drinking Bordeaux. It is a blend of 70% Merlot 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. The property is located on a plateau along the Dordogne river just north of Fronsac. The vineyard location takes advantage of the moderating effects of the river which help to fully ripen the grapes. The wine is raised in stainless steel tanks, seeing no oak aging. By forgoing oak the wines focus is on youthful fruit making it very approachable today.
The nose on the 2015 Chateau Vieux Meyney is filled with ripe berry characters and a hint of aromatic violet. The palate is smooth and the fruit forward style of the wine has loads of ripe plum and berry character backed with earthier notes of leather, stony minerality and subtle pepper spice. Vieux Meyney is rich but with supple tannins that act to support the fruit without being overbearing. This wine is a great summer red, perfect for both red and white meats off the grill. The best part is that the 2015 Chateau Vieux Meyney is priced for every day drinking at $11.99 a bottle and when purchased by the case/mixed case, the price comes down to $10.19 a bottle.
Looking for a great everyday go to red wine for your wine rack? The 2015 Chateau Vieux Meyney is a great value Bordeaux that will deliver loads of enjoyment for your wine dollar.