2012 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Corton Grand Cru "Perrieres" (Pre-Arrival)
The 2012 Corton Perrieres pulses with pure energy and brilliance. Dark red stone fruits, crushed rocks, spices and wild flowers are some of the many notes that meld together in the glass. Though medium in body, the 2012 finishes with substantial understated power and intensity. I wouldn't expect the 2012 to drink at its finest anytime soon. 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
Here the wood is more discreet if not invisible as it sets off the earthy and quite somber mix of red and dark currant, spice and distinctly sauvage nuances. There is good energy and precision to the focused, intense and overtly mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a saline, moderately austere and impressively persistent finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Sexy, soil-driven aromas of red berries, flowers, earth and mint. Sweet, fine-grained and delicate, with a touch of herbs to the raspberry flavor. Not at all a fleshy style but prettier than usual for this wine, which tends to be severe in the early going. Finishes with very good length and cut.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
New since 2009, the 2012 Corton-Perrieres Grand Cru comes from a vineyard that Jean-Nicolas confessed needed a lot of work when they took over. It has a relatively light nose compared to some of the other grand crus tasted. The palate is clean and pure on the entry with supple red cherry and cranberry fruit, although it needs to muster just a little more complexity on the minerally finish. This is one to watch. (NM)
"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)