Clos de Vougeot, Grand Cru, 2008

  Méo Camuzet

Particularly brooding and surly, a real powerhouse Burgundy, bold flavours of fresh crunchy plum, bramble and cherry with strong savoury undergrowth notes and spiced dark chocolate complexity. This will very much be a food wine and will require several years in bottle for its many hidden layers to unfurl.

Contains Sulphites.

About Méo Camuzet

It is incredible to think that up until 1983, this Domaine was selling its entire production in bulk to négociants. Since then, these years of wasted potential have been put to rights first by Jean Méo and now by his son Jean-Nicholas. Fantastic vineyards, low yields, new barrels every year and minimum intervention (filtration was dispensed with some time ago) are all components that make for some of Burgundy’s most exciting and sought after wines.

Appellation: Clos de Vougeot

One of the most famous and largest Grands Crus in burgundy the walled Clos de Vougeot was created by Cistercian monks between the 12th and early 14th centuries. The monks cleared, planted and amalgamated vineyard plots as and when they acquired them, eventually completing the final 50 ha walled vineyard by 1336. The Cistercians maintained ownership until the French Revolution, when all clerical estates were dispossessed. Clos de Vougeot was sold on to Julien-Jules Ouvrard in 1818, the year before he bought Romanée-Conti, and remained in single ownership until 1889. Since then ownership has fragmented so that today there are over 80 proprietors. The sheer size of the vineyard area means quality can be variable, particularly considering the bottom part of the vineyard reaches right down to the low-lying route national. However at its best Clos de Vougeot fully deserves its Grand Cru status, a wine different to any of the other Grands Crus, a broad, mouthfilling dense example of red burgundy that almost verges on the heavy but the greatest examples have a defintion,balance and finesse to add to this overwhelming power.