2016 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1348688 93-95 points Vinous

 (25% of the crop was lost to frost; 85% new oak): Good medium red. Alluring scents of dark raspberry, mocha and game. This wine brilliantly combines charm and power, with its intense flavors of sappy dark cherry, herbs, licorice and violet supported by firming stony minerality. Dense, energetic and complete, finishing with excellent length. This unusually elegant Clos Vougeot strikes me as more successful in the context of its vintage than the 2015. And not at all austere despite the crop level of just 23 hectoliters per hectare. (ST)  (1/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, matured in 80% new oak, has a tightly wound bouquet with earthy, woodland scents permeating the red fruit. As an aside, I thought there were a few stems here, though Jean-Nicolas assured me there are none. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins, vibrant red berry fruit laced with orange zest and tangerine. There is a sense of this being a more linear, correct and conservative Clos Vougeot until it finally fans on the final third. Good potential. (NM)  (12/2017)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A noticeably, and agreeably, floral-infused nose speaks of a pretty variety of red berries that are laced with hints of earth, spice and oak. The delicious middle weight plus flavors possess a lovely sense of underlying tension while flashing a beguiling texture that is finer than usual while delivering excellent length on the balanced finish that is less youthfully austere than usual. Another difference is that this is also a bit denser than usual as well and like the Rognets this should both age well but also be approachable relatively early on.  (1/2018)

93 points Decanter

 The domaine lost about 25% of its crop in the Clos Vougeot this year, but the resulting wine remains very classic, with a bouquet of ripe plum, cassis, roast espresso, grilled meat and incense. The wine is full-bodied, ample and quite four-square out of the gates, with a tense, firm chassis of tannin and good concentration.Drinking Window 2027-2045. (WK)  (10/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 While my notes do not indicate whether or not the Méo Clos Vougeot parcels were frosted, they are beautifully located up near the château and this is the area which was hit, so I have to imagine that yields for this cuvée were down by at least half in 2016. The wine was in a similar stage to the Murgers at the time of my visit and still absorbing its new wood, of which eighty-five percent was new in 2016, but there was clearly a fine wine waiting to emerge once the wood had been integrated. The wine is quite black fruity in personality and reminded me stylistically quite a bit of the lovely 1993 version, offering up scents of black cherries, sweet dark berries, a fine base of soil, gamebird, a touch of Vosne spice and a generous serving of cedary new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, long and will be quite elegant at maturity, with a very good core and soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, nascently complex and tangy finish. A fine example in the making. 2028-2065+  (1/2018)


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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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
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!