Domaine Meo Camuzet   Richebourg

1996 Richebourg

By Domaine Meo-Camuzet

1996 Richebourg from Domaine Meo-Camuzet, Burgundy, France

In the pantheon of fine wines, the illustrious Richebourg vineyard shares a near-mythical status among aficionados of Burgundian Pinot Noir. The 1996 vintage from Domaine Meo-Camuzet exemplifies this exceptional lineage, a year where nature bestowed both benevolence and challenge in equal measure.


A Vintage Defined by Contrast

The year 1996 in Burgundy was characterised by an uneven growing season, delivering a harvest that teased the palates with an alluring balance of power and elegance. The Richebourg from Domaine Meo-Camuzet is the archetype of this synergy, displaying concentration and depth of flavour rarely seen outside of this storied terroir.

In tasting, the 1996 Richebourg seduces with a complex bouquet of ripe cherries, forest floor, and subtle spice undertones. The palate unfolds majestically with nuanced layers of fruit, supported by a firm tannic backbone and an acidity that speaks to the wine's astute longevity. This is a wine that has deftly woven the season’s diverse climatic tapestry into a masterpiece of viniculture.


An Investment-worthy Provenance

No aspect of this cherished nectar escapes meticulous scrutiny. Domaine Meo-Camuzet’s vinification techniques have historically married tradition with a gentle embrace of modernity; it's a philosophy that ensures each bottle nurtures its inherent potential to perfection.

As an investment piece, the 1996 Richebourg presents an opportunity as tantalising to the fine wine investor as it is to the oenophile. Its provenance and pedigree are benchmarks against which other Burgundy vintages are measured.


Conclusive Thoughts on a Modern Classic

The storied 1996 vintage from Domaine Meo-Camuzet emerges as one of Burgundy's definitive productions. In earnest, discerning collectors would be wise to contemplate the addition of this wine to their portfolio. With over two decades of graceful maturation, it oscillates between deep respect for terroir and the serendipitous whisper of those uniquely turbulent climatic conditions that defined its genesis. Steeped in rarity, replete with richness, the 1996 Richebourg stands today as a testimonial to Burgundian grandeur — a vintage singularly worthy of both reverence and meticulous cellar consideration.

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This wine is medium-to-dark ruby-colored and displays a flattering nose of deeply intensely red and black fruits, and hints of mint-laced chocolate. Its magnificent personality has gorgeous definition, a full body, and spectacularly rich and fat cherry fruit. This highly concentrated, profound, harmonious, exceedingly classy, and superbly-balanced wine has a formidably long and supple finish that reveals loads of oak-imbued, juicy, and popping (the French would say croquant) red and black fruits. Wow! Drink this gem between 2004 and 2012. The village appellation offerings from Vosne and Nuits have the lowest pHs (3.35) of Meo's wines (the rest are between 3.45 and 3.5). Importers: Western US: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, CA; tel (510) 524-1524; Eastern US: Domaines et Saveurs Collection, Jeanne-Marie de Champs, French Fax: 33-3-80-22-58-25.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 1998

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