2016 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Corton Grand Cru "Clos Rognet" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1348685 92-95 points Vinous

 (13.5% alcohol, which Jean-Nicolas Méo described as "almost low for the year"): Bright ruby-red. A fruit bomb on the nose, offering almost liqueur-like scents of black cherry and dark raspberry but with considerably more energy than the Perrières. Then less sweet on the palate than the nose would suggest, displaying seriously dense, plush dark fruit flavors supported by plush tannins. Finishes with terrific length and surprising energy. Méo noted that he picked this fruit early enough (September 24) to retain verve. These vines on the Ladoix-Serrigny side of the Corton hill avoided the frost in 2016. (ST)  (1/2018)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A slightly riper and definitely spicier nose offers up notes of essence of plum, violet and freshly turned earth. The rich, full-bodied and solidly powerful imposingly-scaled flavors once again brim with dry extract as the old vines are very much in evidence, all wrapped in a strikingly persistent finish. This is a relatively rare Corton that is clearly built for the long-term yet the richness and sap are such that this should also be approachable after only 5-ish years or so.  (1/2018)

93 points Decanter

 Méo’s old vines in Corton-Rognet produce what is probably his most consistently underrated wine, and one which evolves beautifully in the cellar. Aromas of coniferous forest floor, plums and grilled meat precede a generous, ample wine with a fleshy core of fruit, a fine chassis of chalky tannins and superb energy through the long, lingering finish.Drinking Window 2027 - 2045. (WK)  (10/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 There are six barrels of Clos Rognet this year in the Méo cellars, with one of the casks having been used previously. This was one of the first parcels picked by the harvesting team in 2016 and the wine has turned out beautifully, offering up lovely purity and precision on the nose of black plums, black cherries, venison, dark soil tones, chocolate, woodsmoke and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep. full-bodied and still quite primary, with a rock solid core, beautiful focus and balance, ripe, suave tannins and a very long, vibrant and promising finish. These old vines can sometimes produce very broad-shouldered and powerful wines, but this year, the power is tailored Savile Row style and the wine will be a very elegant rendition- once it has had a chance to blossom from behind its fine structural chassis. 2029-2075+.  (1/2018)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Corton Rognet Grand Cru was quite feisty and rich on the nose, perhaps missing the same composure as the Corton-Perrières: hints of date infusing the red cherry and kirsch aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet tannin, plump ripe red fruit with good volume, slightly less tension than I would like. This was apparently harvested a little earlier than others, although I might have even have got the vendangeurs out a day earlier? This is one cru where I harbor much fonder memories of the 2015. (NM)  (12/2017)

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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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- 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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- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.