Vosne-Romanée “Aux Brûlées” ♥
1er Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 10, 2019
Sweet spot Outstanding
Note: from a .70 ha parcel, most of which are 80+ year old vines
Producer note: Jean-Nicolas Méo describes 2017 as “one where we enjoyed a relatively tranquil growing season where we had no climatic issues save for around 30 mm of rain that fell near the end of August that had the effect of swelling the berries. We chose to begin picking on the 6th of September and brought in ripe and clean fruit that averaged between 12.5 and 13% in potential alcohols where we chaptalized around .3%. While there was some variability as there were varying percentages of shot berries, yields were relatively generous for us as most wines ranged from 38 to 42 hl/ha and this was despite having done a green harvest. Our cuvée of Vosne-Romanée villages though came in at only 29 hl/ha. After the vinifications I found the wines to be a bit light but they really put on weight after the early but long malos finished and they possess much better balance. My take on the style and quality is that the 2017s are like more interesting versions of the 2007s. They’re charming and delicious and while 2017 is not a great vintage, it’s more than correct plus I think it should drink well young.” As he did in 2015 and 2016, Méo explained that he included the Nuits “Au Bas de Combe” in the négoce Nuits cuvée, which is reviewed below under the Maison Méo-Camuzet Frère et Soeurs label. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, CA, Jeanne-Marie de Champs, www.ds-collection.com, NY, Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY and Boston Wine Company, MA, all USA; Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com and Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, all UK).
Tasting note: Moderate wood influence sets off the beautifully spicy aromas that consist primarily of plum, black cherry and exotic Asian-style tea. The rich, full-bodied and solidly dense flavors also brim with sappy dry extract that buffers the less firm but still prominent tannins on the lingering finish where a hint of bitter cherry pit emerges. This isn’t quite as complex as the best in the range at present but I have found over the years that this wine tends to develop excellent depth as it ages.