2006 Vosne Romanee Les Brulees Meo-Camuzet



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Average critic rating : 92.0 points

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A discreet touch of wood frames the wonderfully seductive and intensely spicy character that adds real breadth and depth to the mostly black berry fruit notes though plum and currant notes appear as well, the latter of which can also be found on the rich, generous and full-bodied flavors that are beautifully balanced on the classy, pure, velvety and dusty finish where the tannins are also firm but quite fine. A stunner of a wine as this is really quite sexy and very Vosne. In a word, impressive. Allen Meadows, Burghound Jan01,2008

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Ginger, cinnamon, blackberry preserves, fig, and chocolate in the nose of Meo's 2006 Vosne-Romanee Les Brulees presage a palate whose sense of torrification is rare for the vintage, with notes of toasted pecan and caramel adding to the sweet array of black fruit preserves and brown spices. Hints of animal and mineral elements remain for now largely covered by a plush blanket of fruit, as are the wine's considerable tannins, so that there is already an incipient suggestion of textural creaminess. While impressive and forwardly sweet, I think this is another of its collection not to revisit before 2011, and a wine whose imposing richness should remain dominent for the better part of a decade, if not longer. Meo believes this is his 2006 that comes closest to the richness, concentration, and structural integrity of 2005. David Schildknecht-Wine Advocate # 186 Dec 2009

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Ginger, cinnamon, blackberry preserves, fig, and chocolate in the nose of Meo's 2006 Vosne-Romanee Les Brulees presage a palate whose sense of torrification is rare for the vintage, with notes of toasted pecan and caramel adding to the sweet array of black fruit preserves and brown spices. Hints of animal and mineral elements remain for now largely covered by a plush blanket of fruit, as are the wine's considerable tannins, so that there is already an incipient suggestion of textural creaminess. While impressive and forwardly sweet, I think this is another of its collection not to revisit before 2011, and a wine whose imposing richness should remain dominent for the better part of a decade, if not longer. Meo believes this is his 2006 that comes closest to the richness, concentration, and structural integrity of 2005. ||Jean-Nicolas Meo harvested 2006 fruit between 13.25-14.25% potential alcohol, slightly higher than in 2005. Except for a few instances of vineyards touched by hail, he said, he vinified in essentially the same way (including the same percentages of new barrels) as he had in 2005. Meo notes that the pHs of his 2006s ended up quite high after their malos, and while this contributes to their sense of softness and generosity, I sometimes find these wines wanting for some vivacity or primary juiciness. (I have appended to the description of Meo's negociant bottlings the words "Frere et Soeur" that appear underneath "Meo-Camuzet" on their labels.) Wine Advocate.December, 2009

Despite a history that stretches back to the beginning of the 20th century, Méo-Camuzet is a relative newcomer to domaine-bottling, which started here in 1985. Prior to this, the Camuzet vineyards were leased out to sharecroppers and much of it sold to negociants. One such sharecropper was the legendary Henri Jayer , who acted as a consultant to the domaine.

The holdings are significant: grand crus Richebourg, Clos Vougeot and Echézaux and excellent sites in Vosne-Romanée including Cros Parantoux, Les Brulées and Les Chaumes. Three vineyards on the Vosne-Romanée side of Nuits St Georges: Boudots, Murgers and Bas de Combe complete the Côte de Nuits holdings with 1.38 hectares of village Vosne-Romanée. The domaine also has more than a hectare of grand cru Corton in the Côte de Beaune.

The style here is a full one, and Henri Jayer surely still an inspiration. The vineyards are worked organically, and the wines see up to 100% new oak, which integrates perfectly with some bottle age. The premier cru Vosne-Romanées are both from vineyards at the top of the slope, as is the Echézeaux, and these are lifted, mineral expressions of Vosne.



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