1996 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne Romanée 1er Cru "Les Brulees"

SKU #1152973 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium red. Wonderfully fresh nose offers raspberry, gunflint, smoked meat, licorice, roasted herbs, mocha and underbrush, further complicated by balsamic nuances. At once creamy and firm, with terrific acidity framing its primary berry and underbrush flavors. Wonderfully detailed for 16-year-old Burgundy but not yet really giving. Finishes long, relying as much on its acids as on its tannins for structure. This very backward wine, which was especially tough to assess in the early years, is probably just beginning to open up. 94(+?)  (3/2013)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An airy, spicy, lacy and still very fresh nose reveals moderately secondary development (though no tertiary notes) that adds to the sense of complexity. The linear and notably precise medium weight flavors display much better fruit/acid/tannin balance than do many '96s today while culminating in a clean, cool and vibrant finish. I like the solid sense of mid-palate concentration and as such, there is no "hole in the middle" the way some of the less concentrated '96s carry themselves. I should further note that while the acidity is bright and certainly present on the backend it stops just short of being clipped.  (6/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Opulent, pure and clean, with a pretty vanilla, mocha, spice backdrop to the lovely wet earth, red- and blackberry character. Full-bodied, with a firm structure of ripe tannins. Elegant, crisp and long finish. (PM)  (9/1998)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1996 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Brulees has a tertiary, mushroom-tinged bouquet with touches of violet petals and truffle developing in the glass. The palate is feminine, nicely focused with tart red cherries and just a hint of white pepper. Elegant right to the finish, though perhaps missing the persistency of other vintages, this is drinking well now... (NM)  (2/2014)

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Vosne Romanee

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