2012 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)
The 2012 Clos de Vougeot comes across as intense and very tightly wound. The flavors are bright, precise and chiseled to the core. Saline notes underpin layers of red fruits, freshly cut flowers and crushed rocks. Readers will have to be patient here, but those who can wait will be rewarded with a striking, utterly impeccable Burgundy to savor for many, many years. I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted at Méo-Camuzet this year. In particular, these are some of the most intense, mineral-driven 2012s I came across.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, which sees almost 100% new oak, has quite a sensual bouquet underneath that carapace of new oak that is embroidered nicely with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe but firm tannins that lend this Clos de Vougeot bewitching symmetry. Silky smooth in texture, it feels long and assertive on the finish, but never over-powering. Excellent. (NM)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Subtle oak frames intensely an earthy yet cool and airy red and dark berry fruit suffused nose that is trimmed in gentle hints of spice and sandalwood. The mid-palate of the middle weight flavors is quite supple and round though the vibrant and highly complex finish tightens up immediately. I like the balance and sense of tension and overall, this should also age beautifully yet also be reasonably approachable in its youth.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright red. Perfumed aromas of red cherry, licorice and crushed stone. Nicely ripe but youthfully closed today, with blackberry, licorice and menthol flavors supported by a firm spine of dusty tannins. This seriously structured wine will need at least five years of cellaring.
"Domaine Meo-Camuzet boasts one of the most enviable portfolios in Vosne-Romanee," writes Wine Advocate's Neal Martin, "crowned by Richebourg Grand Cru and Cros Parantoux, the latter essentially grand cru in all but name thanks to the late Henri Jayer, who decided that vines might profit more from the land than a few veg. I have been following the wines for over a decade and visiting Jean-Nicolas Meo's cellar just down the road from Bernard Gros. Together we tasted through both his negociant and domaine bottlings, partly from pre-prepared samples and others directly from barrel...some of the cuvees did have a certain 'sumptuousness' about them, but for the most part that tannins were present and correct, lending backbone to offset the occasionally intense fruit." (12/2013)