Domaine Meo-Camuzet Echezeaux 2017
Made from a .44 ha parcel of 50+ year old vines, this grand cru Échezeaux is loyal to its appellation through the finesse of its attack on the palate and its overall balance. It is also a wine with pronounced acidity, which gives it freshness and structure. Jean-Nicolas Méo describes 2017 as "one where we enjoyed a relatively tranquil growing season. After the vinifications I found the wines to be a bit light but they really put on weight after the early but long malos finished and they possess much better balance. My take on the style and quality is that the 2017s are like more interesting versions of the 2007s. They're charming and delicious, plus I think it should drink well young."
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.
Then 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 wine growing. 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.
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote de Nuits|
Wine AdvocateAromas of licorice, cherries and cassis mingle with aromas of smoked meats, bonfire and spicy new oak, introducing the 2017 Echézeaux Grand Cru, a medium to full-bodied wine that's ample, expansive and fine-boned, framed by youthfully chewy tannins that will resolve into velvety suppleness with a few years in bottle. 92-94
BurghoundA pungent nose consists of firm reduction and wood. Otherwise there is excellent richness to the nicely concentrated flavors that possess excellent volume thanks to the abundance of sappy dry extract that softens the otherwise firm and robust tannic spine shaping the impressively persistent finish. Like several of these upper level wines, this is very backward and will need ample patience. 92-94