Domaine Méo-Camuzet has, as I opined last year, a special aura, and a special place in Burgundy as both a link to the old master Henri Jayer and a connection to the core of Vosne-Romanée history. For me, the 2019 vintage is an alignment with this history, and with the greatness of an estate that has found its place in it.
I have felt a certain slight hesitation in some of the Méo wines from time to time – a cautiousness. But the 2019 vintage is celebrating full-throttle wines like there is no tomorrow. Do we like this? Yes!
I have tasted great wines from Méo-Camuzet – Cros Parantoux 1999 was perhaps the most hedonistic. But not until recent years, and especially in 2019, has the estate delivered hedonistic joy across its range, as it can and – dare I say – should.
Let’s feast on the Méo 2019s!
Tasting the 2019 Méo vintage
We started out the tasting with the next generation of the family: Tristan, a young and cheerful man who did a fine job replacing his father Jean-Nicolas for the first wines. He elegantly moved past and through the obligatory Coravin trouble and made a good first impression – well done. It’s not always easy to be thrown on the mercy of the ‘Hog, so to speak.
Domaine Méo-Camuzet Hautes Côtes de Nuits Clos St. Philibert Blanc 2019
Bottled in mid-January, this is rich and vivid – with almost a touch of sparkle – and a fresh palate showing notes of pear and hints of honey. The fresh grape tone on the finish gets the wine’s tang airborne in a good way. Slightly reduced perhaps, but it’s clearly fresher and better balanced than the 2018.
(Drink from 2021) – Good+ (87p) – Tasted 09/02/2021
Méo-Camuzet Frère & Soeur Marsannay 2019
The Marsannay is one of my many favourites from Méo in 2019. It delivers delicate and lively fruit, and is energetic with gorgeous, vivid freshness. The beautiful fruit is ripe, refined and elegant. It is delivering well beyond its appellation, and with its lovely tension, it brings on a smile.
(Drink from 2025) – Good+ (86-88p) – Tasted 09/02/2021 –
Domaine Méo-Camuzet Nuits-Saint-Georges 2019
The NSG Village is mainly from the area just south of Vosne-Romanée, more precisely the vineyard Au Bas du Combe situated below Vosne Les Chaumes and above Aux Reas. There’s also a bit from La Petit Chamotte, further towards Nuits. This has quite a strong Vosne imprint, yet also a slightly robust Nuits-Saint-Georges tenor. The fine, delicate fruit is fresh with the energetic 2019 glow. Enjoyable, with a slight hint of mulberries.
(Drink from 2030) – Very Good (88-89p) – Tasted 09/02/2021
Méo-Camuzet Frère & Soeur Chambolle-Musigny Feusselottes 2019
One of the top negociant wines, the Chambolle Feusselottes is as always a feast in the mouth. I tasted three Feusselottes during this week (four in total so far) and this one delivers the goods. This is a symphony of red-fruit notes with red and pink roses; very sensual, with a perfumed Chambolle spiciness. It is an extremely enjoyable wine, with a magnificent hedonistic expression. Rock ‘n’ roll!
(Drink from 2028) – Fine+ (93-94p) – Tasted 09/02/2021 –
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