Domaine Meo-Camuzet Corton "Les Perrieres" Grand Cru 2018
(Cote de Beaune, France) - [WA 92-94] [VM 91-93] [BH 89-92]
Regular price $545.00 Sale price $349.97 Save $195.03
Notes from the Winemaker:
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.
At first glance, the Perrieres represent the typical Corton, abundantly described: austere, long in coming, tannic. This impression should be qualified because the wine seems to have multiple facets: straightforward certainly, but with an underlying structure and a finish marked by minerality. No heaviness, which facilitates the expression of complexity. A long cellaring time is certainly beneficial.
Ratings & Reviews
"The 2018 Corton Grand Cru Les Perrires is also a beautiful wine in the making, offering up notes of sweet red berries, cherries, rose petals and espresso roast that's still youthfully primary. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, chalky and incisive, with terrific concentration, fine tannins and a beautifully defined finish. This, too, will require time, but it's less blocky and muscular than the En Rognet." William Kelley, (1/09/2020)
89-92 Points Allen Meadows BurgHound:
"A moderately toasty nose combines notes of poached plum with those of earth, violet and a wisp of gaminess. There is both good volume and density to the bigger and richer if less energetic medium weight plus-sized flavors that terminate in a lingering finish where the supporting tannins coat the palate." (Jan 2020)
91-93 Points Vinous Media:
"The 2018 Corton-Perrires Grand Cru includes a few stems in the blend this year and was one of two parcels picked on August 29. It has a generous bouquet of blueberry, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, plus a touch of blood orange in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that frame a sweet core of red fruit. A little lower in acidity than previous vintages, revealing white pepper and bay leaf toward the finish. I think this will offer much pleasure in its youth." - Neal Martin (1/2020)