Domaine Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru
A wine with fine intensity, supported by much freshness and a pronounced mineral character. Ambigu. Despite its acidity, the wine can be (changement perso) very accessible, even full of charm to start with. But it ages very well, gaining in depth and balance. There's nothing to stop you laying it down for 10-15 years or more... But usually, it will prove to be drinkable after 3 or 4 years in the bottle. The two vineyard plots, vinified separately and blended before being bottled, can take new oak very well (a proportion of about 50% is generally required), and that helps to refine these concentrated wines which are slow to develop. They need to be matured for a long time.
Two different vineyard plots, which make up a total of about three and a half acres: "les Barreaux”, in the middle of the slope, in soil which is worthy of the grands crus (the vineyard is close to Richebourg), gives the final blend its very fresh character (oriented north-east and influenced by the combe); "les Communes”, in the centre of the village, in the classic soil of the appellation, adds a touch of maturity and silkiness. It can also prove to be quite structured.
The plantings are of different ages: "les Barreaux”, planted in several stages in the 70's and 80's, has almost reached the age of reason, while "les Communes” is older (at the end of the 50's). For the youngest part of 'les Barreaux', the production was vigorous, but it is becoming better balanced and no longer requires any special treatment. However, for "les Barreaux” it is imperative to control the yields and to harvest late, in order to ensure full maturity.
In the vineyards:
• Soils are ploughed regularly by horse to keep the ground soft
• Vines are treated without synthetic chemicals of any kind
• Yields are limited through pruning rather than a green harvest
• Vines are trained to grow higher than the norm, and leaves are eliminated at the base of the vine to allow the grapes better ventilation (useful in the prevention against rot)
• The harvest, all by hand, usually occurs in late September
• Grapes sourced for the Saint Aubin Blanc exclusively come from the 1er Cru “Bas de Vermarin à l’Est”
• Bourgogne Rouge is sourced from estate vineyards in Vosne Romanée And Flagey Echézeaux and purchased fruit from five villages in the Côte de Nuits: Marsannay, Fixin, Morey-Saint-Denis, Vosne, and Nuits-Saint-Georges
In the cellar:
• Bunches are gently carried to the winery, and then rigorously sorted on conveyor belts, with anywhere from 5-20% of the crop discarded to better ensure quality
• Grapes macerate on their skins from 3-5 days at low temperatures
• Fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled concrete vats, lasting for 2-3 weeks
• Only small doses of sulfur are used
• Punch-downs occur only at the end of the vinification process
• Barrel Regime: Careful consideration is given to the barrels and the percentage of new oak used: the percentages vary according to the terroir and the vintage. Méo-Camuzet works in close association with coopers Maison François Frères to find the best diversity of local oaks within the same forest—a necessity in capturing the nuances of each cuvée. Méo has also experimented with the occasional integration of Hungarian oak into their collection.
• Wines are racked and blended in vats 3-4 weeks before bottling
• Wines are bottled (unfiltered) by gravity about 17 months after the harvest
- France - Burgundy
- Red Wine
- Pinot Noir
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