Meo-Camuzet Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes 1C 2013

Vintage
2013
Country
France
Region
Burgundy,Cote de Nuits
Size
750ml
Rating
BH92,WA92,WS93
Grape
Pinot Noir
$348.00
SKU:
W-107-0313-QT-213
Description

There is much finesse and elegance in this wine, very typical of the Vosne-Romanée appellation. Fullness and charm coexist here, in a wine which is not as awe-inspiring as the superb crus, "les Brûlées” and "Cros Parantoux”, but which is easy to drink and will quickly seduce you. - Winemaker's Notes

Saturated with black currant, blueberry, violet and spice flavors, this red is smooth and concentrated. Shows fine balance, though the mineral- and earth-tinged finish should stretch out even longer with some time in the bottle. Best from 2018 through 2032. 475 cases made.- WS93

The 2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Chaumes is initially understated on the nose, however, it unfurls with engaging raspberry, crushed strawberry and mineral aromas despite it remaining tightly wound. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and taut strawberry and pomegranate fruit, a hint of pepper on the tip of tongue lending it a pleasant fiery note right on the finish. There is a tangible sense of energy here, if not quite the persistence of a top les Chaumes from Méo-Camuzet.- WA90-92

There is no reductive funk here with the discreetly spicy aromas of plum, cassis and sandalwood. The middle weight flavors possess a suave and velvety mouth feel and are blessed with good levels of dry extract that imparts a seductive texture to the sappy and balanced finale. Despite the seeming approachability of the mid-palate there is sufficient firmness to the structure to make clear that this will need the better part of a decade to arrive at its peak.- BH89~92

The Winery

Meo-Camuzet is one of the most celebrated domaines of the C™te 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 C™te 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.

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