2012 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne Romanee 1er Cru "Chaumes" (Pre-Arrival)
The 2012 Vosne-Romanée Les Chaumes is striking in its beauty. Fresh, vibrant and beautifully layered, the 2012 boasts gorgeous depth and inner perfume, not to mention terrific overall balance. Bright saline notes support the tense, salivating finish. All the elements fall into place in a striking, absolutely impeccable wine. 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.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
An exuberantly spicy nose is composed primarily of ripe black pinot fruit and violet aromas. There is a refined mouth feel to the middle weight flavors that are supported by ripe and fine tannins before culminating in a linear and tight but balanced finish that delivers excellent depth and length. This is better than it usually is as there is more underlying material. Note that this lovely effort should be approachable young.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Chaumes has a very pure and fragrant bouquet with fresh strawberry and Morello fruit, fine mineralite and a sense of elegance. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannins on the entry, the fruit starting off red at the front of the mouth but finishing black with tautness and briskness. Compact at the moment, this will mellow out nicely if left 5 or 6 years in the cellar. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium red. Sexy aromas of raspberry and chocolate accented by pepper and herbs. Juicy and intense, with harmonious acidity giving cut and energy to the raspberry and floral flavors. Finishes firm and vibrant, with very good lift.
Taut and austere, with floral and berry flavors sealed up. The tannins are prominent now, but this shows purity, balance and length, finishing with cherry and mineral accents. Gains suppleness with air, so be patient. Best from 2018 through 2032.
"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)