• 2019, following the legend of vintages ending in "9"



    It was a hot year indeed, which is almost normal for a "9" vintage. Note, however, that we have had a succession of warm years since 2015. 



    THE SEASON
    HARVEST AND VINIFICATION
    THE WINES
    TASTING NOTES - WHITE WINES
    TASTING NOTES - RED WINES - BOURGOGNE AND VILLAGES

    This season, including winter, is marked by a fairly significant rain deficit. Spring was not particularly precocious, with in particular a fairly cool month of May. The end of flowering foreshadowed a start of harvest between September 18 and 20th. A normal year then ... 


    It was without counting with a summer arriving suddenly and allowing a very rapid growth. Then there were a few heatwave episodes ... Powdery mildew has been a constant concern throughout the season but other diseases have left us alone. The situation was therefore very healthy at harvest, with just a little bit of dried berries to sort.

    During this time, heat and sunlight caused the maturation to evolve rapidly, leading us to constantly re-evaluate the harvest date. Finally, the starting signal was given on September 13th, almost a week before the initially planned date... 

    Despite a sometimes heterogeneous flowering, we found very ripe grapes, good to harvest everywhere, including Clos St Philibert, which did not not had the usual difference with the vineyards below on the « Côte ». 

    The degrees have gone up and are very high (almost all the wines are around 14°) but the good surprise was to see beautiful acidity, quite biting even at the start of fermentation, with deep color extractions from the start. Few difficult endings of fermentation and in total, vinification without problem despite the high maturity.


    The wines were exciting right from the start: rich, deep, powerful but very smooth... Of course, marked by maturity, with a lot of sweetness and smoothness, but also a significant acid support, much more intense than in 2018. A very good starting point... 

    In this case, all there is to fear is the "great vintage" syndrome, ie a little too much power that would erase the terroirs. This is not the case, the aging has played its part and the wines have progressed in finesse, each one conforms to its character! 

    By the way, this is reassuring about the effects of climate change on our region, Burgundy is not distorted...


    Wines from which we can probably expect the following development: a rich youth but all in pleasure and appeal, some bottles being to seize in this state, for pure pleasure; a more closed period, after 2-3 years in the bottle, during which it would be better to leave the wines alone; a rebirth after 8-10 years, where wines with more tension than at the start will begin to show their true face and their magnificent balance. An evolution like in... 2009!


    Bourgogne blanc

    A nice open nose, on ripe yellow fruits, where we can still distinguish a freshness of good caliber. The wood is light and well integrated.
    On the palate, the wine is frank and lively at first, then unfolds, showing a nice roundness (and even a hint of heat) but ends by tightening on the acidity.
    The whole makes an excellent impression, pleasant, balanced, appealing, the wine seems accessible from the end of 2021 and should remain at its optimum until 2026.


    Hautes Côtes de Nuits Clos St Philibert

    The nose is very expressive, nonetheless delicate: notes of exotic fruits (lychee, pineapple), a hint of pepper and greens, a well-integrated woodiness ...
    In the mouth, the wine is subtle, fine, direct. Some leanness is obvious, for those who visualize the plot, one has the impression of tasting its pebbles ... The acidity, traditional in this wine, carries it and gives it a good length.
    A very well balanced and gourmet "Clos St Phi", even if the wine is still quite discreet and can progress. Wait until the end of 2022 for consumption until the end of the decade.


    Ladoix

    A generally pleasant nose, where white fruits stand out, but also a hint of reduction, announcing a certain austerity.
    On the palate, the wine is direct, quite dense and compact, with quite a bit of tension. The acidity is present on the finish.
    A wine where appeal is not absent but which currently has a reserved and somewhat closed profile. The élevage is still a little present, as well as some sulfur notes. This is promising but needs to wait until at least 2022 for further refinement to allow tasting.


    Saint-Aubin 1er cru 2018

    Yellow and white fruits and a well-integrated oak characterize the nose, even if it is necessary to go beyond a certain sulfur reduction at first.
    The palate is beautiful, with good fatness and a fine and spicy finish. A remainder of angular acidity remains at the end of the tasting.
    Characteristic of St Aubin, with an austerity of good quality, this wine would benefit from waiting another two or three years before being consumed. From 2023 to 2030.


    Meursault




    Bourgogne Côte d'Or « hémisphère sud »

    An open nose, where we find black fruits, figs and a touch of vegetal.
    On the palate, a fleshy and round side, dense and coherent, with a rather fine finish, where a certain warmth is felt.
    Very nice wine, which already shows a beautiful finesse and can therefore be tasted now. Will keep without problems for the next 10 years.



    Bourgogne Côte d'Or « hémisphère nord »

    An intense nose of crushed red fruits (morello cherry, strawberry, fresh fig), very ripe but seductive.
    In the mouth, an obvious maturity, some fatness but we avoid heaviness. The finish is tighter, with fiery tannins, which prolong the wine more than they tighten it and which are enveloped by a nice sweetness.
    The whole constitutes an astonishing mixture of accessibility, appeal and seriousness. Very open, it can already be consumed for its generous fruitiness, but it will keep well for the next 10 years.



    Bourgogne Côte d'Or « Etienne Camuzet »

    The nose is a little more discreet on this wine but gradually reveals itself: red and black fruits, flowers, damp pebbles ...
    On the palate, very supple, even tender, the tannins are smooth, the finish light and very gentle. The whole is very coherent.
    Despite a very nice tasting, this wine does not seem completely ready to drink, and appears a little behind. To be kept until the end of 2022, for a tasting until 2027.



    Marsannay

    An open nose of ripe red fruits. Also spices and some smoky notes.
    On the palate, the wine is fleshy and very present, almost imposing. The texture is silky and warm, but the finish is almost tense and the acidity stands out.
    Here is an expressive, pleasant, multi-faceted wine that can be approached now although, in all probability, it will gain in finesse over the next few years and in any case until 2027.



    Fixin

    Red and black fruits are present, although the nose is quite discreet. Despite this, there is an impression of depth from this first contact.
    As is often the case with this wine, the palate is tender, fine even at first glance, then the frame seems to become denser to finish again on a very elegant impression.
    Still a lot of charm for this very supple cuvée, which could however gain in balance and density over the coming months. To be approached at the end of 2022 for a tasting until 2028.



    Morey Saint Denis



    Volnay


    Pommard


    Chambolle-Musigny


    Nuits Saint Georges

    Here is a nice subtle nose, composed of red fruits, vanilla, cinnamon, wood ... The whole is open, delicious and well integrated.
    On the palate, the texture is caressing and ample, the tannins firm but refined. The result is good length, with an impression of sweetness and finesse.
    This wine is both harmonious and structured, complex and deep. It has a great future, while being approachable now. Certainly one of the emblematic wines of the vintage, that we can start drinking from 2022 on but will keep without problems until 2030.


    Vosne-Romanée


  • vintage 2014 5 years after bottling

    Last year, we launched a "5 years after" tasting cycle to judge the development and presentation of the wines after 5 years in bottle.


    At the same tasting a year ago, the 2013 vintage surprised us with its openness ... how are the 2014s today?

    Like last year, we had friends to assist us, this time a fine FICOFI team, led by Delphine, thank you for the excellent support you provided us!

    Our experience so far with this vintage is that after a nice "setting up" in the first two years of aging, the wines had a tendency to close, a very classic development after all, the 2013s constituting rather an exception in this regard.

    When it was first marketed, we described 2014 as a vintage of balance: perfectly decent maturity, between 12.5 and 13 °, acidity and tannins very present but not excessively. Entry-level wines were described as "approachable", premier crus and grand crus as "structured" or even "serious".

    Even if the harvest was not particularly late that year (beginning September 13), it is therefore not a hot year, it is even our last fresh year: all vintages since have been indeed marked by heat, perhaps to varying degrees, in any case enough to give characteristics of ripe vintages to our wines. This context is not insignificant because our palates recalibrate quickly and we may not be so ready to evaluate a vintage like 2014, now quite far from these characteristics of concentration and sweetness.


    Make way for the tasting itself! The wines were all tasted upon opening, without preparation, which also allows to monitor their evolution.


    TASTING NOTES
    ASSESSMENT OF THE TASTING

    This season, including winter, is marked by a fairly significant rain deficit. Spring was not particularly precocious, with in particular a fairly cool month of May. The end of flowering foreshadowed a start of harvest between September 18 and 20th. A normal year then ... 


    It was without counting with a summer arriving suddenly and allowing a very rapid growth. Then there were a few heatwave episodes ... Powdery mildew has been a constant concern throughout the season but other diseases have left us alone. The situation was therefore very healthy at harvest, with just a little bit of dried berries to sort.

    During this time, heat and sunlight caused the maturation to evolve rapidly, leading us to constantly re-evaluate the harvest date. Finally, the starting signal was given on September 13th, almost a week before the initially planned date... 

    Despite a sometimes heterogeneous flowering, we found very ripe grapes, good to harvest everywhere, including Clos St Philibert, which did not not had the usual difference with the vineyards below on the « Côte ». 

    The degrees have gone up and are very high (almost all the wines are around 14°) but the good surprise was to see beautiful acidity, quite biting even at the start of fermentation, with deep color extractions from the start. Few difficult endings of fermentation and in total, vinification without problem despite the high maturity.


    The wines were exciting right from the start: rich, deep, powerful but very smooth... Of course, marked by maturity, with a lot of sweetness and smoothness, but also a significant acid support, much more intense than in 2018. A very good starting point... 

    In this case, all there is to fear is the "great vintage" syndrome, ie a little too much power that would erase the terroirs. This is not the case, the aging has played its part and the wines have progressed in finesse, each one conforms to its character! 

    By the way, this is reassuring about the effects of climate change on our region, Burgundy is not distorted...


    Wines from which we can probably expect the following development: a rich youth but all in pleasure and appeal, some bottles being to seize in this state, for pure pleasure; a more closed period, after 2-3 years in the bottle, during which it would be better to leave the wines alone; a rebirth after 8-10 years, where wines with more tension than at the start will begin to show their true face and their magnificent balance. An evolution like in... 2009!


    Bourgogne blanc

    A nice open nose, on ripe yellow fruits, where we can still distinguish a freshness of good caliber. The wood is light and well integrated.
    On the palate, the wine is frank and lively at first, then unfolds, showing a nice roundness (and even a hint of heat) but ends by tightening on the acidity.
    The whole makes an excellent impression, pleasant, balanced, appealing, the wine seems accessible from the end of 2021 and should remain at its optimum until 2026.


    Hautes Côtes de Nuits Clos St Philibert

    The nose is very expressive, nonetheless delicate: notes of exotic fruits (lychee, pineapple), a hint of pepper and greens, a well-integrated woodiness ...
    In the mouth, the wine is subtle, fine, direct. Some leanness is obvious, for those who visualize the plot, one has the impression of tasting its pebbles ... The acidity, traditional in this wine, carries it and gives it a good length.
    A very well balanced and gourmet "Clos St Phi", even if the wine is still quite discreet and can progress. Wait until the end of 2022 for consumption until the end of the decade.


    Ladoix

    A generally pleasant nose, where white fruits stand out, but also a hint of reduction, announcing a certain austerity.
    On the palate, the wine is direct, quite dense and compact, with quite a bit of tension. The acidity is present on the finish.
    A wine where appeal is not absent but which currently has a reserved and somewhat closed profile. The élevage is still a little present, as well as some sulfur notes. This is promising but needs to wait until at least 2022 for further refinement to allow tasting.


    Saint-Aubin 1er cru 2018

    Yellow and white fruits and a well-integrated oak characterize the nose, even if it is necessary to go beyond a certain sulfur reduction at first.
    The palate is beautiful, with good fatness and a fine and spicy finish. A remainder of angular acidity remains at the end of the tasting.
    Characteristic of St Aubin, with an austerity of good quality, this wine would benefit from waiting another two or three years before being consumed. From 2023 to 2030.


    Meursault




    Bourgogne Côte d'Or « hémisphère sud »

    An open nose, where we find black fruits, figs and a touch of vegetal.
    On the palate, a fleshy and round side, dense and coherent, with a rather fine finish, where a certain warmth is felt.
    Very nice wine, which already shows a beautiful finesse and can therefore be tasted now. Will keep without problems for the next 10 years.



    Bourgogne Côte d'Or « hémisphère nord »

    An intense nose of crushed red fruits (morello cherry, strawberry, fresh fig), very ripe but seductive.
    In the mouth, an obvious maturity, some fatness but we avoid heaviness. The finish is tighter, with fiery tannins, which prolong the wine more than they tighten it and which are enveloped by a nice sweetness.
    The whole constitutes an astonishing mixture of accessibility, appeal and seriousness. Very open, it can already be consumed for its generous fruitiness, but it will keep well for the next 10 years.



    Bourgogne Côte d'Or « Etienne Camuzet »

    The nose is a little more discreet on this wine but gradually reveals itself: red and black fruits, flowers, damp pebbles ...
    On the palate, very supple, even tender, the tannins are smooth, the finish light and very gentle. The whole is very coherent.
    Despite a very nice tasting, this wine does not seem completely ready to drink, and appears a little behind. To be kept until the end of 2022, for a tasting until 2027.



    Marsannay

    An open nose of ripe red fruits. Also spices and some smoky notes.
    On the palate, the wine is fleshy and very present, almost imposing. The texture is silky and warm, but the finish is almost tense and the acidity stands out.
    Here is an expressive, pleasant, multi-faceted wine that can be approached now although, in all probability, it will gain in finesse over the next few years and in any case until 2027.



    Fixin

    Red and black fruits are present, although the nose is quite discreet. Despite this, there is an impression of depth from this first contact.
    As is often the case with this wine, the palate is tender, fine even at first glance, then the frame seems to become denser to finish again on a very elegant impression.
    Still a lot of charm for this very supple cuvée, which could however gain in balance and density over the coming months. To be approached at the end of 2022 for a tasting until 2028.



    Morey Saint Denis



    Volnay


    Pommard


    Chambolle-Musigny


    Nuits Saint Georges

    Here is a nice subtle nose, composed of red fruits, vanilla, cinnamon, wood ... The whole is open, delicious and well integrated.
    On the palate, the texture is caressing and ample, the tannins firm but refined. The result is good length, with an impression of sweetness and finesse.
    This wine is both harmonious and structured, complex and deep. It has a great future, while being approachable now. Certainly one of the emblematic wines of the vintage, that we can start drinking from 2022 on but will keep without problems until 2030.


    Vosne-Romanée


    JNM

    Hautes Côtes de Nuits "Clos St Philibert" 2014:

    A pretty nose, quite ripe, with a trace of reduction. The woodiness shows in the form of toasted and aniseed notes.

    On the palate, the wine reveals a beautiful volume, appears almost sweet before a still very acidic finish, which gives it a lot of sides.

    We can say that the wine is showing good integration, its evolution is positive, in particular because the élevage has integrated well. However, it needs to be aerated and would gain in integration with a few more years, ideally three to five.


    Marsannay 2014:

    At first, a discreet nose, but which opens quickly, with notes of red fruits and cherries marinated in brandy. We also discover a hint of spice and undergrowth.

    The palate is quite caressing, the texture supple. The wine then continues on its fine and elegant momentum, with a finish properly spiced up by acidity and peppery notes.

    In the end, a pleasant wine, expressive although fine, which now seems good to drink. Of course, it can still wait 3 to 5 years, but this is not essential given its light structure.


    Chambolle Feusselottes 2014:

    A nose which indicates a certain evolution (leather, cloves), a little reduction but also after airing, black fruits of a beautiful intensity.

    The palate is silky, shimmering, pleasant even if the finish is marked by a certain tannin, even bitterness for some.

    It is an interesting bottle because the wine is already expressive. However, it can still gain in width in the mouth and we can hope that the finish will become more polished in the next 3 to 7 years.


    Vosne Romanée 2014:

    A little closed at first, with almost animal scents, which eventually give way to ripe red fruits (cherry, raspberry). Beautiful integration of wood with liquorice and mint notes.

    On the palate, there is concentration, a certain rigor, a beautiful sheathed structure, between volume and still firm tannins.

    Despite a harmonious, coherent, well integrated wine, we still feel a certain restriction, and can conclude it is not yet fully open. Cellaring of at least 3 years, more likely 5, seems necessary.


    Vosne Chaumes 2014:

    A smoky nose, very slightly reduced, with some vegetal notes. After airing, floral, sour cherry and citrus aromas, not to mention toasted and vanilla notes.

    On the palate, a very beautiful frame, with a frank attack, a very nice consistency and a finish marked by solid tannins.

    An alliance of gourmandise and rectitude, certainly representing a very good potential of elegance and flavors. Despite this, it still expresses a lot of restraint and deserves to age another 3 to 7 years.


    Clos Vougeot 2014:

    The nose is at the same time deep, delicate and seductive: between notes of sweet black fruits, flowers such as rose ; the aging is also perfectly integrated in the form of damp earth and dried leaf.

    On the palate, it shows sweetness and smoothness while giving the impression of being reserved. The texture is caressing, the tannins delicate, but the wine remains somewhat monolithic. Can we gain in complexity in the years to come? Or should we consider decanting to free its wings?


    Vosne Brulées 2014:

    Quite closed at the beginning, it has to be be solicited to bring aromas of black fruits back from reduction, liquorice and smoky touches.

    On the palate, quite powerful, even imposing, with a frank attack, a voluminous mid-palate and a racy but tannic finish.

    A superb wine, majestic, deep, not without harmony but which must absolutely age to reveal its full potential. Another 10 years!


    FICOFI

    Hautes Côtes de Nuits Clos Saint-Philibert

    Lots of liveliness and freshness on the palate, well balanced by some fat and volume, round.

    True to wine and vintage

    Ready to drink - open in advance


    Marsannay

    After aeration, intense nose of fresh red fruits

    Beautiful typicality of Marsannay

    Lively, digestible and ready to drink


    Vosne-Romanée

    (Barreaux + Communes)

    Ripe and concentrated nose (cherry, raspberry)

    Straightness, tension, elegance

    Can wait a few more years: still very tight but good potential, good material


    Chambolle-Musigny Les Feusselottes

    Nose more evolved, a little secondary, more expressive

    Well balanced body between acidity and tannins-structure

    Nice texture in the mouth with a nice grain of tannin

    A little tight, specific to the vintage being a little cold, but very interesting

    Ready to drink even if will benefit from prolonged aging


    Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes

    Aromas of red and black fruits, a minty note? (10-15% whole cluster)

    Nice texture, a little reserved, the finish a little harsh

    Racy wine, with a beautiful tannic structure.


    Clos Vougeot

    The nose is already quite open and very pleasant, quite fruity (blackcurrant?).

    Nice balance in the mouth between acidity and tannins, good energy


    Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru aux Brulées

    Slight hint of reduction on the first nose, opens with aeration. Characteristic nose of Brûlées: floral and spicy.

    Lots of power and intensity on the palate. Fine tannins. Very good length in the mouth.

    Great aging potential, wait a few years to polish perfectly.

    JNM

    Apart from Marsannay and Chambolle Feusselottes, this tasting is confirmation of what we suspected, namely that the vintage is not yet ready. The Vosne in particular have closed markedly, the description which was given on their release suggested more approachable wines. Clos Vougeot, as it is often between charm and structure, is finally more easily approachable.

    This fine vintage, not necessarily very concentrated by current standards, paradoxically requires additional aging in order to be able to precisely reveal all its complexity and not appear to be out of step. He is on the right track but not yet at his destination.

    FICOFI

    Five years after their bottling, the 2014 Domaine Méo-Camuzet, still very young, give us their first lessons: this vintage is marked by a pretty nose of fresh fruit, a beautiful liveliness and very present but fine tannins. Being the last fresh vintage in recent years, its rather atypical profile compared to what happened later, will in our opinion be sought after in a few years.

    If some wines are already opening and starting to be ready to drink (Marsannay, Feusselottes, even Clos Saint-Philibert), most remain, as expected, still a little tight and not yet having delivered their full potential of expression. This potential is obvious and a few more years will give them more openness and flexibility. We can think at this stage that these 2014s will rather become more open from 2025-2030. The Chaumes and Aux Brûlées, with their tannic power, can certainly wait until 2030-2035 - if you have the patience!



  • young artists and creation award

    As part of our 60th anniversary, we created this year, in cooperation with the National School of Art of Dijon, a prize for Young Artistic Creation.

    This prize, open to students and young graduates, aims to give them the opportunity to create and show a work expressing, according to their sensitivity and their own technical and artistic means, their perception of the territory of Burgundy and the resonance of its immaterial heritage. Recognized in 2015 by UNESCO, les Climats de Bourgogne are also a source of inspiration for young artists.
    The projects were received in May, and the jury selected the work of Amélie Berrodier, "Domaine", as laureate for the Award. See her work on amelieberrodier.com
    A special Jury award was created to reward Julie Grosche's work, "A possible field of experience". See her work on juliegrosche.com
    All the projects received will be exhibited as part of the events related to the 60th anniversary in November.
    Amélie Berrodier, Julie Grosche, Erika Povilonyte, Angélique Jacquemoire, Carole Lebon, Andrea Sparta, thank you for ssuggesting us another vision, exciting and  off-beat, of the terroir we work on a daily basis.

    The members of the jury were:
    - Jean Nicolas and Nathalie MEO, Domaine Méo-Camuzet, Vosne-Romanée
    - Angéline SCHERF, Chief Curator, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
    - Alicia KNOCK, Curator, Centre Pompidou, Paris
    - Roland de LA BROSSE, President of Adhex, President of Interface, Dijon
    - Martine LE GAC, Professor of Art History, ENSA Dijon
  • 60th anniversary of méo-camuzet, 30th anniversary of jean-nicolas

    Will this year in 9 be a great vintage? No one knows yet ....


    Find out more
    Whatever happens, it will be for us a year of double anniversary since we will celebrate 60 years of the estate in the family and the 30 years of activity of Jean Nicolas at its head.
    This anniversary is placed under the sign of youth : 30 years, and even 60, in the light of the millennial history of Burgundy is just a trifle!

    Each vintage is a new baby that we look forward to raising and growing up to adulthood.
    Just like the Literary Award for First Novel that we have been granting for 10 years now during the Livres en Vignes book show at the Château du Clos de Vougeot.
    Just like the young trainees and apprentice winemakers who have come to learn about Pinot noir and Burgundy winemaking with us since 1989.

    And like the young Burgundy artists of ENSA Dijon, the School of Fine Arts, for which we have created this year a Young Artistic Creation Award to give them the opportunity to express their vision of the intangible heritage of Burgundy ...
    A great year for us, and hopefully, a beautiful vintage still in the making!
  • a report on the domaine, by monopole magazine


    Around the year at the Domaine ...

    https://www.monopole-magazine.com/grand-format/domaine-meo-camuzet/


    Nice article, in French, with very nice photos, the mood is well described ...

  • destination oregon

    Nicolas-Jay, the Oregon venture initiated by Jean-Nicolas Méo and his friend Jay Boberg (and supported by the domaine) is now entering a decisive phase with the release of its first wine on April 2nd. Check out the new website at nicolas-jay.com
    Find out more

    Nicolas-Jay, the Oregon venture initiated by Jean-Nicolas Méo and his friend Jay Boberg (and supported by the domaine) is now entering a decisive phase with the release of its first wine on April 2nd.


    Check out the new website at      http://www.nicolas-jay.com


    The 2014 season in Oregon was deceptively easy: warm and sunny, healthy grapes, good crop, easy-going harvest (well, it was a first harvest, it is never that easy). 

    The resulting wines were sweet and forthcoming, so the challenge was to craft a cuvée with finesse, subtlety, and discreet structure. 

    Bottled this last December, we are very proud to present this typical Oregon wine, displaying upfront blackberry and raspberry jam aromas, and in the mouth, a rich and velvety texture finishing with a hint of youthful tannins that help maintain the tension until the end.