by Fred McMillin
From Monks to Meyney
The Feuillant monks went back to the basics, sleeping on the bare ground and drinking out of skulls. Over four centuries ago they founded a winery and operated it for several centuries. Today it is known as Chateau Meyney. (may-nay)
...from WineDay, Nov. 5, 1998
Meyney is one of the few old ecclesiastical buildings in Bordeaux's Medoc. The Chateau produces stunningly rich wines that are grossly underpriced.
...Robert M. Parker, Jr., Bordeaux, 3rd Edition, 1998
The Rest of the Story
My panel pretty much agreed with the above, giving the big red claret a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Here are the details.
1995 Chateau Meyney
Today is March 9th. On that date in 1796, Marie Rose Josephe Tasker de la Pagerie (Josephine) and Napoleon Boneparte were wed. What has Napoleon got to do with today's wine? During the French Revolution he put the majority of church-owned wine producers into private ownership. One of properties that changed hands? The Feuillant monks of Toulouse lost control; Chateau Meyney was declared National Property.
Credits: Enjalbert's History of Wine & The Vine; D. Seward's Monks & Wine
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