Domaine Meo-Camuzet Corton Les Perrières 2017
This Grand Cru Corton from a .68 hectare parcel in the Perrières vineyard is made by Méo-Camuzet, 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.
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote de Beaune|
BurghoundModerately generous wood surrounds the very fresh aromas of essence of red and dark raspberry that are laced with notes of spice, herbal tea, violet and a whiff of wood. The racy, intense and overtly mineral-driven medium weight flavors possess excellent delineation on the notably austere and very tightly wound finish. This has very fine upside development potential and will need extended patience to flesh out and harmonize. 91-93
Wine AdvocateAromas of red berries, warm spices, orange rind and cedary new wood introduce the 2017 Corton-Perrières Grand Cru, a medium to full-bodied wine that's bright and tensile, with firm but fine-grained tannins and a chalky, austere profile that mark it out as a wine that will need some time in bottle. Méo used 15% stems here. 90-92