2012 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne Romanee 1er Cru "Chaumes" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1159716 90-92 points Antonio Galloni

 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.  (1/ 2014)

90-92 points 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)  (12/ 2013)

90-92 points 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.  (2/ 2014)

K&L Notes

"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)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Vougeot

- The most famous piece of Vougeot is the Clos de Vougeot. This vineyard is the largest of the Grands Crus, over 125 acres, with more than 80 different owners. Originally, the wine of the Clos was assembled from different portions of the vineyard to make a masterful blend, which justified its Grand Cru status. Today, a grower who owns a plot right next to the road, in the clay-heavy soil there, has as much right to call his wine 'Grand Cru' as one from the upper 'Musigny' section, adjacent to Les Musigny, with wonderful stony soil, or that adjacent to Echezeaux. Buy your Clos Vougeot from a trusted wine merchant!