The Vosne-Romanee Aux Brulées is one of my favorite wines form Domaine Meo-Camuzet. I recently tasted the 2007 and it was still youthful but just so delicate, defined and delisious …
So this inspired me to take a closer look at Aux Brulées starting with the Meo-Camuzet plots.
So let’s go to the northern end of Vosne-Romanee.
Brulees – three vineyards in one
Vosne-Romanee Aux Brulées and the 1er cru part of Vosne-Romanee La Combe Brulée is often considered as one vineyard, as very few wines are labelled La Combe Brulée.
But in fact there are three sections – the southern section of Aux Brulées (1), the northern sections of Aux Brulées (2), and the lastly the 1er cru section. of La Combe Brulées (3) – see map below.
The Meo Camuzet plot on Aux Brulées
The Meo-Camuzet plots on Aux Brulées is located just north of his main plots of Richebourg – or more precisely Les Veroilles ou Richebourg.
The plots include in total 0.73 ha of vineyard according to most sources although the cadastre map indicate that the total area of the plots is slightly higher.
The plots can be seen on the map below, and they are located on a northern faced slope going from Les Verroilles sous Richebourg and down to the road towards Corboin.
The photo below show the Meo-Camuzet plot seen from the road – D109.
The history of the Meo-Camuzet plots
The Meo-Camuzet ownership dates back to at least 1882, as Camuzet is mentioned as an owner of Aux Brulées by Danguy & Aubertin (1882)2 and also by Rodier (1920)3.
It’s however not clear if Camuzet owned the current plots back in 1882. Looking at the old cadastre maps from 1827 the area owned by Meo-Camuzet was divided into numerous small plots when the cadastre was made – indicating that there were many owners at that time.
Most of the Camuzet holdings were acquired by Etienne Camuzet from approximately 1880 and during the following decades a large portfolio of top vineyards were bought to create a very impressive Domaine – that included Chateau Clos de Vougeot (acquired in 1920) and a large part of the Clos de Vougeot vineyard.
So presumably the Meo-Camuzet’s ownership of Aux Brulées dates back to around 1880.
All the vineyard work was done by tenant farmers, and this continued when Etienne Camuzet passed away in 1946.
The Henri Jayer era on Aux Brulees
Etienne Camuzet left the estate to his daughter Mme. Maria Noirot-Camuzet, who continued the tradition with tenant farmers. One of those were Henri Jayer a young man from Vosne-Romanee.
Henri Jayer began to make wines just after the second world war. The family had quite some vineyards scattered around Vosne, and just after the war he took over the management of some of the vineyards of Mme. Noirot-Camuzet. He entered into a series of metayage agreements – presumably just after the war – it is however not clear when Jayer took over the plots on Aux Brulées.
Mme. Noirot-Camuzet passed away in 1959 and the estate was passed on to her nephew Jean Meo, the father of Jean-Nicolas Meo the current owner and manager of Domaine Meo-Camuzet.
The metayage agreement between Henri Jayer and the Noirot-Camuzet/Meo family was prolonged several times, and it ended in 1987 – when the last vineyards were returned to Domaine Meo-Camuzet – including Aux Brulées.
The last vintage of Henri Jayer Aux Brulées was 1987 as the arrangement with Meo Camuzet was terminated at that point, and Domaine Meo-Camuzet began to produce and bottle the wines themselves.
In the vintages 1985 and 1986 a part of the production was presumably sold under the Meo-Camuzet label. Henri Jayer stayed on as a consultant for Meo-Camuzet in the following years … but his influence seems to have faded in the very early 1990s.
The wines from the Meo-Camuzet plots on Aux Brulées
As mentioned above Henri Jayer presumably produced wines from the Meo-Camuzet plots from after the war until 1987.
These bottles were either sold under the Henry Jayer labels, or sold to negociants/importers and labelled by them – one was Caves Dessilly, a well known bottling, who used a label that looked very much like the “classic Jayer label”. Alexis Lichine also sold Jayer wines, and he used another label for the wines he sold.
It should be noted that Jayer used another label in the 1960s for the domaine bottled wines – a label that bears little resembleance to the “classic” Jayer label and the label used by Caves Dessilly.
To complicate matters Jayer delivered some of the wines to the Meo family, who labelled these with the old estate brand – Domaine Camuzet. These were presumably not sold commercially but consumed by the family and given as gifts to friends of the family.
Domaine Meo-Camuzet was established in 1981 according to the domaine website, and the first vintage sold under this label 1983.
Domaine Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee Aux Brulées – the wine
The Vosne-Romanee Aux Brulées is one of my favorite wines from the Meo-Camuzet estate. It’s both a rich and refined wine .. generous, and at times both airy and velvet. It has a lovely inter-play between red and dark fruits both in the bouquet and on the palate.
The bouquet is often very spicy with a lovely collection of Vosne spices that gives the otherwise fruity nose a lovely floral complexity.
Directly compared to the Cros Parantoux it seems to lack the definition, focus, and ultimate purity of the magnificent Cros Parantoux. That being said .. I love the Aux Brulées for what it is … a both beautiful and generous Vosne 1er cru from the top shelf quality wise.
It’s in my view often better than the Clos de Vougeot and the Echezeaux from Meo-Camuzet, although they have the benefit of a grand cru terroir.
References & Sources:
- Jules Lavalle, Histoire et Statistique de la Vignes et Des Grands Vins de la Côte d’Or (1855)
- M.R. Danguy et M. Ch. Aubertin, Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne (1892)
- Camille Rodier, Le Vin de Bourgogne (1920)
- Clive Coates, Cote D’Or (1997)
- Clive Coates, The Wines of Burgundy (2008)
Sincere thanks to Ian Westcott for the editorial help on this article.
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