Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Chaumes 2011

Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Chaumes 2011

Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Chaumes 2011

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"An exuberantly spicy nose offers up notes of plum, violet, purple fruit and a hint of wood toast. The lush and beguilingly textured medium weight flavors possess good concentration and a fleshy palate impression before terminating in a firm and persistent finish where the fine-grained tannins are well-integrated. This is a bit more structured than it usually is." 90-92pts Burghound

Les Chaumes is a large Premier Cru climat located at the southern end of the Vosne-Romanee. Les Chaumes Premier Cru wines are full bodied and supple. Les Chaumes' terroir is greatly influenced by its position on the slope, in terms of both soil and the mesoclimate felt in the vineyard. The limestone-based marl that covers the vineyard is deeper and richer than in the climats further up the Cote d'Or. The Pinot Noir vines here tend to be slightly more vigorous than in Aux Malconsorts, and growers must prune carefully to ensure berry quality is not compromised. Les Charmes is one of the warmer climats in the area, and thus among the first to be harvested.

Meo-Camuzet is one of the most celebrated domaines of the Cote d’Or, located in the heart of prestigious Vosne-Romanee. The domaine boasts fourteen hectares of land in some of the most spectacular appellations and crus of Burgundy. The vineyard land in Burgundy is highly parceled out among families, which makes it rare for anyone to have enough vines to be able to bottle one grand cru, let alone the four that the Meos have. The early beginnings of the domaine left it in the hands of metayeurs, or share-croppers. The last twenty years have brought substantial changes that have fostered a new chapter for the Meo family. Founder Etienne Camuzet was not only a passionate vigneron, but a full-time politician, and spent most of his time in Paris, representing the Cote d’Or. In order to keep his land in use, he offered it to capable share-croppers to farm. 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 Meo. 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 metayeurs 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. 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 Meo-Camuzet under his own label, while enjoying celebrity status in the Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant portfolio. For three years, he mentored Jean-Nicolas during the transition and finally decided to retire in 1988. Though Jayer passed away in 2006, his legacy endures to this day. Jean-Nicolas has since directed the cellar and sales. He has put the vineyards in the capable hands of Christian Faurois, son of one of domaine’s metayeurs, who has dedicated himself to these vineyards since 1973.











Pinot Noir