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Domaine Meo-Camuzet Echezeaux 2015

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Domaine Meo-Camuzet Echezeaux 2015
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750ml Bottle


Méo-Camuzet is one of the most celebrated domaines of the Côte d'Or, located in the heart of prestigious Vosne-Romanée. The domaine boasts 14 hectares of land in some of the most spectacular appellations and crus of Burgundy. Founder Étienne Camuzet was not only a passionate vigneron, but a full-time politician, and spent most of his time in Paris, representing the Côte d'Or. By the time his daughter had inherited the estate, she found herself with no successors, so the estate was passed down to her closest relative, Jean Méo. Jean was also deeply involved in national politics-he served as a member of Charles DeGaulle's cabinet. Consequently, he, too, had to direct the domaine from afar. In the early 1980s, as many of the métayeurs were starting to retire, it became clear that the domaine needed a new direction.

Jean's son, Jean-Nicolas had also spent most of his life in Paris, but had an enormous passion for winegrowing. By 1985, it was his turn to take the helm. In lieu of continuing to rent out their highly-pedigreed vineyards, he made the bold decision to slowly start reclaiming the land for the domaine's own bottlings. He called upon the resident expert, one of Burgundy's greatest winemakers of all time, Henri Jayer, for guidance. Henri had spent over forty years farming parcels from Méo-Camuzet under his own label. For three years, he mentored Jean-Nicolas during the transition and finally decided to retire in 1988. Jean-Nicolas has since directed the winemaking in the cellar and managed sales. He has put the vineyards in the capable hands of Christian Faurois, son of one of domaine's métayeurs, who has dedicated himself to these vineyards since 1973.

We have visited this illustrious estate and tasted wine with Jean-Nicolas. He is extremely serious and detail-oriented with an underlying passion for the vines and the wines which he ultimately produces. Today Domaine Méo-Camuzet bottles four astounding grands crus (Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, Corton Clos Rognet, and Échezeaux, with two more Cortons soon on the way), ten premier crus (from the communes of Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-St-Georges, Chambolle-Musigny, and Fixin), several village wines including this Vosne-Romanee, one Bourgogne Rouge, and only one white. Jean-Nicolas aims for balance and purity of fruit, which he accomplishes with terrific success. Though delicate and fine, even in their youth, the paradoxical concentration and intensity of these wines make them ideal for long aging.

Meo-Camuzet Echezeaux Les Rouges du Bas is from a vineyard plot of about 1 acre, situated at the upper limit of the Échezeaux appellation. The altitude explains perhaps the aromatic freshness often found in this wine, even though its east/south-east orientation also influences its early maturity. The nature of the soil changes with the altitude: lighter and lighter as you get higher. The original planting dates from the end of the 1940's, but about one quarter of this was renewed a few years ago. The grapes are small, particularly at the top of the plot. They ripen quickly, and a high sugar level combined with excellent acidity can often be observed, and this produces wines of intensity.

Category Red Wine
Region France, Burgundy, Cote de Nuits
Brand Domaine Meo-Camuzet
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BurghoundAn ultra-spicy and markedly ripe nose reveals aromas of sandalwood, Asian-style tea, plum liqueur and a floral top note. The cool, focused and intense medium-bodied flavors possess a slightly finer mouth feel though there is no lack of power, muscle or punch on the more obviously mineral-driven, balanced and even longer finish. This very well may be the best Méo Ech in years. 93-95

Allen Meadows, January 15, 2017
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Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a pure, floral bouquet with iris and incense aromas filtering through the dark cherry and boysenberry fruit. It has fine delineation and focus, if not huge intensity at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied and cohesive in the mouth: supple tannin, very well-judged acidity, quite spicy towards the finish with good persistence. This is a sublime offering from Méo-Camuzet. Drink date: 2020-2040. 93-95

Neal Martin, December 30, 2016