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Domaine Méo-Camuzet2011Vosne-Romanée "Cros Parantoux" 1er ♥1er Cru Red barrel Score:93-95 Tasted: Jan 14, 2013 Drink: 2026 Issue: 49 Don't miss! Outstanding Note: 40+ year old vines
Producer note: Jean-Nicholas Méo calls 2011 a "vintage that I basically worried about all summer as I wasn't sure we were going to obtain adequate phenolic maturities in our fruit. Ironically, what happened in the end is that we had superb phenolic ripeness levels and low sugars, in fact I have never seen a vintage with such ripe phenolics that had such low potential alcohols. I would put our average potential alcohol level right about 11.8% and I chaptalized the average wine to about 12.5%. We began picking with one parcel on the 2nd of September but really didn't get seriously rolling until the 3rd. While it varied significantly, you really had to sort carefully because there some was botrytis and in some sectors there were under ripe berries that had to be excised. I did my normal vinification as the fruit we chose was clearly ripe and clean so I saw no reason not to. There wasn't a lot of malic acid so the malos did not have a big effect per se though the post-malo pHs were in the 3.5 range so from that standpoint the wines are pretty much textbook. As to the wines, they possess good colors and seductive textures plus they're elegant, transparent and easy-to-like but not at all banal or simple, in fact they are really quite sophisticated in the best sense." I agree with Méo's take on the vintage and in particular his view of the quality that he produced as this is an address that definitely outperformed the general quality of the vintage as several of the domaine wines are simply terrific. This is not necessarily true however of his négociant operation (see Maison Méo-Camuzet below) that, with the exception of two wines, are more a reflection of the general quality of the vintage rather than outperforming it. Tasting note:
This is spicier still and cooler as well with a strikingly complex nose of red currant, cherry and cassis along with prominent wet stone nuances that are even more so on the precise, intense and delineated medium weight flavors that culminate in a massively long finish. This is utterly seamless and impeccably well-balanced and should be capable of amply rewarding extended cellaring. Sensational.