Grapelive Wine of the Week
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Meo-Camuzet Fixin, Red Burgundy, France.
Sometimes you can’t escape the charms of Burgundy, and I’m already I huge sucker for Meo-Camuzet, so I knew I was going to love this one, and I did, but, even in my influenced state this wine impressed me with lovely balance and silky texture. I was able to try two separate bottles, and as always with Burgundy they were different with each mental state, one bottle showed more earth and game up front, and the second was far lovelier and more elegant, though it was most likely my mood that allowed the second bottle to shine, plus it was with food and good company, which always brings out the best in fine Burgundy. Meo-Camuzet is one of the stars of Kermit Lynch’s fantastic portfolio of wines and has long been a favorite of mine, but this was my first chance to have the Fixin, and I can tell you right now it will not be the last, this lesser known part of Burgundy makes for one of the great secrets and values of the region. The nose is floral and earthy with loads of mineral and spice and as with most Meo-Camuzet Burgundy it has ripe fruit essence leading to a refined palate of cherry, plum, raspberry and cranberry with hints of smoke, truffle, game and rocky minerals. Everything is in beautiful smooth layers and subtle wood notes frame the fruit perfectly making for a remarkable Pinot experience. The vintage with not go down as a great one, but so far all the Meo-Camuzet wines are fantastic and pure, and I recommend you get some.
($50 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive