2016 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Echezeaux Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1348691 92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 In my view this is perhaps the most under-rated wine in the Méo portfolio, assuming that a grand cru anywhere could be under-rated. An ultra-spicy nose flashes a fresh and ripe mélange of red currant, violet, lavender and wisps of Asian-style tea. The juicy and impressively concentrated flavors possess a gorgeous texture thanks to the abundant level of dry extract that once again does a fine job of buffering the firm tannic spine shaping the beautifully long finish. This is at once powerful yet refined and built-to-age.  (1/2018)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Echézeaux Grand Cru was not touched by the frost this season. It has a very composed and well-defined bouquet with vibrant red and black fruit. I like the focus and cohesion here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple but fine tannin, finely structured and precise with great purity and superb freshness on the finish. This has 10% stems, but you cannot tell at all, and you are left with the impression that this is really a top-notch Echézeaux that is destined to give 15 to 20 years pleasure (if allowed). (NM)  (12/2017)

93-95 points Vinous

 (from vines at the top of the hill, where frost was not an issue): Saturated ruby-red. Very ripe, inviting aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and menthol Sweet and lush but with surprising acidity giving the wine a penetrating character; a piquant note of blood orange reinforces the impression of clarity while leavening the wine's density. Thick but youthfully imploded wine with a palate-saturating, rising finish featuring a juicy note of tart cherry stomp. A superb Echézeaux in the making. (ST)  (1/2018)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Echézeaux from Domaine Méo-Camuzet is outstanding and a very elegant example in the making. The bouquet is pure, refined and very precise, wafting from the glass in a blend of black raspberries, black cherries, dark soil tones, pigeon, dark soil tones, plenty of smokiness and nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full and elegant, with a sappy core, a long, poised and seamless finish and lovely balance and grip on the focused, suavely tannic finish. Fine, fine juice. 2028-2075.  (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.


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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.