Vosne Romanée ♥
Villages Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 10, 2019
Note: 75% of the blend derives from 35+ year old vines in Les Barreaux and the remainder from 60+ year old vines in Aux Communes
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: A spicy, pure and ultra-fresh nose combines notes of various dark berries with those of spice and sandalwood. The delicious middle weight flavors are a bit more refined than usual with good mid-palate sap that imparts a velvety texture to the lingering, complex and balanced finale. A quality Vosne villages.