Grapelive Wine of the Week
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Meo-Camuzet Bourgogne Rouge (Red Burgundy-Pinot Noir) France.
Domaine Meo-Camuzet is one of the top Domaines and produces only tiny amounts of select Burgundies, and an even more small slice gets imported to the US, through Kermit Lynch. So it is a remarkable pleasure that any of this amazing value priced bottling was available to sample, as very little ever makes it to the shelves of fine wine merchants or restaurants. The winery says this cuvee is a blend of vineyard plots in Nuits-St.-Georges and Chambolle-Musigny and you can taste the class and quality in the glass. I am a firm fan of Meo-Camuzet and adore the Marsannay, which I try to get my hands on every year if possible and this year is no exception, but I have found this 2008 Bourgogne to be even more structured and more classic in style with clear focus and depth. The nose is a bit shy at the moment with very little given away before a tangy and tight palate of bright cherry, plum and currants, white firm tannins and acidity hold things in place. There is subtle oak, earth and mineral tones that play well with the red fruits, though I think it would be best to give this wine and bit more time to fill out. It gets savory and spicy on the finish and is super with food, plus it has a great price at under $35!
($32-34 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
Available at www.sfwtc.com ($31.95)