Méo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanée "aux Brûlées" Premier Cru 2012
96 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Aux Brulees comes from two parcels in the vineyard, one at the bottom of the slop towards Les Suchots and the other further up the slope, with many vines planted in the 1930s. It has a sophisticated bouquet that is beautifully defined and perhaps unlike the Echezeaux there is a sense of nonchalance and effortlessness here that is translated onto the palate. There is very fine density here with cashmere tannins, very well judged acidity and a harmonious, silky smooth iodine-tinged finished that you want to elope with. This is gorgeous and I can see this aging for many years.
95 Points Burghound
A gorgeously layered mélange of red currant, plum and abundant spice aromas serves as an elegant introduction to the beautifully textured and densely concentrated flavors that possess plenty of tannin-buffering dry extract on the powerful, driving and explosive finish. In short, this is stunningly good if overtly austere effort that is built for the long-term.
From the producer:
Jean-Nicholas Méo calls 2012 a "very elegant vintage where good vineyard work was indispensable. The growing season was a bit like that of 2010 but in the end it has more acidity and the wines are more tightly knit. The spring and early summer of 2012 were very difficult as we had mildew and a very poor flowering that affected some vineyards but interestingly not all of them. We also had significant pressure from powdery mildew with very tight windows for treating, which is to say 2 days or less. Those vignerons that missed those windows suffered greatly. Just to give you an idea of the severity of the attack there was even mildew on the bunches and probably the last time that Burgundy saw this phenomenon was in 1977. Generally speaking though there was a lot of shatter and thus the bunches were quite loose with small berries. I elected to begin picking on the 19th with the hill of Corton and then moved on to our other appellations on the 20th. We had a bit of rain on the 24th but it seemed to have no effect on the health of the fruit, which remained quite clean as our sorting losses were generally less than 5%. Potential alcohols ranged between 12.5 and 13% with most wines being closer to 13 than 12.5%. There was, again generally speaking, excellent phenolic maturity with balanced acidities and moderate amounts of malic acidity. For example we had pre-malos pHs of between 3.1 and 3.2 but the post-malos levels varied between 3.5 and 3.7. Our yields were not too bad at minus 10 to 15% because Vosne was less affected than many communes in the Côte. As to the wines I quite like them because they are approachable, ripe and already delicious but they should also age well for those clients who wish to cellar them."