2016 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Vosne Romanee 1er Cru "Cros Parantoux" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1348683 95-97 points Vinous

 (alcohol close to 14%): Bright ruby-red. Very pure aromas of black raspberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and pungent crushed-stone minerality. Boasts alluring sweetness and sexy inner-mouth perfume, with its intense dark fruit and mineral flavors enlivened by brisk acidity. Not quite as salty as the Brûlées but still boasts terrific inner-mouth tension and energy. Still a bit youthfully tight--and less charming than the Brûlées--but not at all hard. The tannins reach the front teeth. Méo harvested this fruit later than the Brûlées, and this wine will need more bottle aging for its structure to soften. A great premier cru in the making. (ST)  (1/2018)

94-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An even more complex if not quite as ripe nose is quite cool and restrained and it requires aggressive swirling to coax the beautifully layered aromas of plum, dark currant, violet and once again a lovely array of spice elements. The powerful, concentrated and palate coating medium-bodied flavors flash plenty of minerality on the hugely long and impeccably well-balanced finish. Despite the evident harmony of expression it is also abundantly clear that this is going to require a long snooze in a cool cellar before it arrives at its peak.  (1/2018)

96 points John Gilman

 Domaine Méo-Camuzet’s 2016 Cros Parantoux is going to be a reference point vintage for this great cuvée. The bouquet is pure, complex and already beautifully expressive and spicy, wafting from the glass in a refined mix of black raspberries, red plums, cinnamon, cloves, duck, lovely and quite complex minerality and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep. fullbodied, pure and vibrant, with a sappy core of fruit, stunning mineral drive, fine-grained tannins and a very long, complete and vibrant finish. A great Cros Parantoux in the making. 2027-2075.  (1/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux is blessed with a bewitching and detailed bouquet with subtle floral scents: wilted rose petals littered over redcurrant and cranberry aromas, a hint of clove emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, cohesive with fine-boned and yet somehow understated with a touch of salinity and lapsang souchong on the finish. Maybe at present, a more reserved Cros Parantoux than Emmanuel Rouget’s, yet one can already see its potential. (NM)  (12/2017)

94 points Decanter

 The Cros Parantoux was more reticent than the Aux Brulées when I tasted it, opening in the glass with a bouquet of dark fruit, smoked duck and spice. On the palate the wine is a touch more powerful, with superb sap and a bright line of acidity along with serious concentration. But it was not quite so coherent or complete, doubtless needing some more time in barrel to integrate and resolve.Drinking Window 2027 - 2045. (WK)  (10/2017)

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- 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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- 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.
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Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.