Grapelive Latest: July 26

Grapelive Wine of the Week

By Kerry Winslow

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meovr06.jpg2006 Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee (AC) Red Burgundy, France.
It is certainly a rare and welcome treat to taste Burgundy, and even more special to try a Meo-Camuzet, and this was a taste to remember. The village of Vosne-Romanee is in the heart of the Cotes de Nuits, if not the heart, and home to many famous Domaines and Grand Cru vineyards and took part of its name to honor and associate with the most famous vineyard, Romanee-Conti. Many great sites for Pinot Noir reside around the village and while outside Premier Cru and Grand Cru appellation controls, produce fantastic fruit that makes some amazing and more affordable Burgundy. Meo-Camuzet’s Vosne-Romanee is a cuvee of many different sites, some that are Cru are included too, and made to the Domaine’s high standards. I have had some of the Meo-Camuzet wines, but since they are very limited and rare jewels, I cannot claim to be an expert, though I have enjoyed and been very grateful to have had the few I’ve tried. This 2006 Vosne-Romanee is still a youthful wine with lots of wound up and tight details, but giving enough to be a real joy to drink even now. The nose is pure Burgundy with flower petals, game, violets, cranberry and smoke leading to a palate of black cherry, plum, briar, crushed rock, blackberry and some classic barnyard earthy notes. The opens up with air and becomes much smoother and silky with delicate notes and giving way to more perfume and an amazing long finish that is touched by subtle oak and lingering fruit. This is a fine and balanced Burgundy and should be even better in 2 years or so, but can be opened at anytime if needed! ($90 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

*a few bottles are still at: www.sfwtc.com

San Francisco Wine Trading Company

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