Domaine Meo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot "Pres le Cellier" Grand Cru 2017
(Cote de Nuits, France) - [WS 96]
Regular price $550.00 Sale price $369.99 Save $180.01
Méo-Camuzet is one of the most celebrated domaines of the Côte d’Or, located in the heart of prestigious Vosne-Romanée. The domaine boasts fourteen hectares of land in some of the most spectacular appellations and crus of Burgundy. The vineyard land in Burgundy is highly parceled out among families, which makes it rare for anyone to have enough vines to be able to bottle one grand cru, let alone the six that the Méos have. Founder Étienne Camuzet was not only a passionate vigneron, but a full-time politician, and spent most of his time in Paris, representing the Côte d’Or. In order to keep his land in use, he offered it to capable share-croppers to farm. By the time his daughter had inherited the estate, she found herself with no successors, so the estate was passed down to her closest relative, Jean Méo, who was also involved in politics:he served as a member of Charles DeGaulle’s cabinet. Jean's son Jean-Nicolas took over in 1985.
The Clos de Vougeot was farmed by monks for nearly a thousand years before more earthly beings began to take over. There is ample historical evidence to be 100% certain that this site is capable of making some of the world’s finest and longest-lived Pinot Noir. It is also one of the few Grands Crus (like Corton) large enough to have multiple lieux-dits within it. Jean-Nicolas Méo owns vines in the lieux-dits of Grand Mapertuis and Près le Cellier (two very good ones). The 2017 vintage was the first time since 2009, however, that he bottled these lieux-dits separately because they finally had enough wine to do so!
His Vougeot is marked by richness, concentration, velvety structure, broad aromatics, length, and power. It is a complete wine.
Ratings & Reviews
96 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This is all about finesse, the velvety texture embracing flavors of cherry, raspberry, earth, mineral and spice. The spice notes intensify, with sandalwood and green olive extending on the firmly structured, complex finish. Jam- packed with flavor and personality, this needs time. Best from 2023 through 2045. 775 cases made, 100 cases imported." - BS (Dec 31, 2020)