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Average critic rating : 95.75 points
This is even more reserved than the Cros and the cool nose requires aggressive swirling to liberate the gorgeously complex and highly spiced aromas of violets, rose petal, anise and clove along with cassis and plum scents. There is exceptionally good richness to the supple yet super intense and very serious broad-shouldered flavors that possess outstanding concentration before culminating in an explosive finish that is taut and even more persistent. This powerful and overtly austere effort is a true 'wow' wine but one that will most assuredly not drink well young. Tasted: Jan 15, 2014. Drink: 2032+
The 2012 Richebourg Grand Cru is reticent at first, but opens to reveal broody, saturnine black fruit infused with wild heather and minerals. Yet it remains a tight aromatic fist. The palate is very structured with firm backbone, very masculine, fine acidity with a very tannic, very spicy finish. This will need a decade in bottle at least. This is truly a vin de garde.||Domaine Meo-Camuzet boasts one of the most enviable portfolios in Vosne-Romanee, crowned by Richebourg Grand Cru and Cros Parantoux, the latter essentially grand cru in all but name thanks to the late Henri Jayer, who decided that vines might profit more from the land than a few veg. I have been following the wines for over a decade and visiting Jean-Nicolas Meo’s cellar just down the road from Bernard Gros. Together we tasted through both his negociant and domaine bottlings, partly from pre-prepared samples and others directly from barrel. He told me he had been surprised at the changes in pH post-malo-lactic fermentation, possibly due to a precipitation of potassium that had made the wines feel rounder. Certainly some of the cuvees did have a certain “sumptuousness” about them, but for the most part that tannins were present and correct, lending backbone to offset the occasionally intense fruit. Readers should note that I took a video of Jean-Nicolas discussing the vintage in his cellars, so please access this for further insight. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013
Meo-Camuzet: The Importance
For John Gilman: “the Méo-Camuzet wines are amongst the most profound in all of Burgundy" and has dubbed the owner Jean-Nicolas Méo “the only real successor to Henri Jayer.” Gilman is not the only critic to be “consistently impressed” at this address, which according to Neal Martin “consistently produces excellent wines.” Antonio Galloni professes to be “overall, a big fan” of the wines in recent vintages. Stephen Brook makes no secret of his love for the Méo-Camuzet property “and its superlative wines”, and the regular Burgundy reviewers drive a fierce demand for these wines by awarding high scores year in, year out.
As a result supply is very short for these wines, despite what Meadows terms a “huge” three-hectare parcel in Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, and several other holdings in Vosne-Romanée described as “enviable” by Neal Martin.
Meo-Camuzet: The Insight
According to Neal Martin, the portfolio is “crowned by Richebourg Grand Cru and Cros Parantoux, the latter essentially grand cru in all but name thanks to the late Henri Jayer, who decided that vines might profit more from the land than a few veg.” Martin however allows himself the luxury to “have a preference for their Cros Parantoux over their Richebourg, the former displaying exceptional delineation, razor-sharp tannins and an unfathomable depth that riveted you to the spot, whereas the latter was broad-shouldered, regal but less opaque.” By contrast, Allen Meadows is an admirer of the Clos de Vougeot, noting that Méo-Camuzet is the second-largest owner here after Château de La Tour but rents out more than half the property, retaining only a top-grade parcel just below the Château.
In terms of Premier Crus, Corton Clos-Rognet Grand Cru is a monopoly of the domaine, admired by Clive Coates, who also notes them as one of the best producers of Chaumes, bottled as Vosne-Romanée Les Chaumes Premier Cru. John Gilman finds the Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Les Feusselottes to be “outstanding.”
Meo-Camuzet: The Background
Jean-Nicolas Méo, “with his clean-cut good looks and penchant for formal clothing” noted by Stephen Brook arrived from Paris in the late 1980’s driven by a desire to bottle the family’s wines. Thereafter, John Gilman recounts how he “assembled at the domaine an outstanding team in the cellars and vineyards over the years,” gaining recogonition both from his neighbours in Vosne-Romanée and from regular visitors such as the critics mentioned above, as well as other experts such as Jasper Morris, who writes that “Jean-Nicolas Méo and Christian Faurois now run the Domaine and together they produce some of the very best wine in the Côte d'Or.”
Jean-Nicolas Méo was also among the most notable Burgundians to become a pioneer in the vineyards in Oregon, establishing the very well-regarded Nicolas-Jay operation in Williamette Valley, partnering with the music producer Jay Boberg.
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