2013 Chateau Meyland Cuvée Naùera, Médoc, France
Score : 88/100
Chateau Meyland is a small and recent wine project started no earlier than 2012 when Nicolas Meyland, an experienced Bordeaux winemaker bough with his wife Kerie 1.3 ha (3.2 acres) of vineyards in the Médoc area.
They are now converting the vineyard to fit with organic fruit production practices, and run the winery and operations as very much of a boutique project.
Small, genuine, and brave newly-established Bordeaux vignerons like we like them at SV.
The wine is made of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Merlot.
Since this is the 2013 vintage from a vineyard bought in 2012, this is the first vintage ever from Chateau Meyland. This is why they have named it Cuvée Naùera, a local word from the Medoc region designating a land that has been recently poughed before receiving new plantings.
But how good is this 2013 Chateau Meyland Cuvée Naùera?
The answer is in the tasting notes:
Red color, medium intensity for a Bordeaux wine.
A lifted nose delivers plenty of smoky aromas together with red berry fruits. Spices in the form of clove and nutmeg back them up nicely. A little oaky tones too.
The wine is lively on the palate, with a biting acidity that brings the berry fruit flavors to life. There’s a cranberry juice feel to this wine, from the crisp dominating acidity, and the granulous tannins. But it’s ripe, there’s no vegetal character. Well integrated oak adds some layers of flavor complexity, and coats the fruit character nicely.
A nice Médoc wine full of lively fruity fresh personality. It tastes like fresh red acidic fruit, with the classic Médoc ashy and smoky complexity and savoriness to it too.
A wine that has its own personality, rather out of the fashion trends: it’s about the fruit, the acidity, and not about oak or bold flavors.
Wine and Food Pairing
This will be a perfect wine to pair with rich fatty meats. The acidic element will be great to cut through the richness, while the wine’s aromatic intensity and savoriness will sustain strong flavor combinations.
We particularly recommend you try this perfect matching recipe developped by Sommelier Francois Chartier: Sesame seed and allspice roasted duck breast with confit turnips and cloves.