1997 Vosne Romanee les Brulees
By Domaine Meo-Camuzet
1997 Vosne Romanee les Brulees from Domaine Meo-Camuzet, Burgundy
The revered terroir of Vosne-Romanée is manifest in the 1997 Vosne Romanee les Brulees from Domaine Meo-Camuzet. As an enthusiast who has followed the trajectory of this small yet prestigious appellation of Burgundy, the '97 vintage is a testament to the Domaine's proficiency in capturing the quintessence of their ancient soils amidst challenging meteorological conditions.
Meticulous Viticulture Amidst Climatic Antagonism
In 1997, Burgundy relented under a fluctuation of climatic whims. The harvest was bountiful yet precariously rushed, attempting to outpace the threat of rot induced by September rains. The fruit that arrived at the cuverie of Domaine Meo-Camuzet bore the hallmark resilience needed for memorable wine. Under such duress, it is a vintage that stands out for its robust character and assiduous winemaking.
Rich Tapestry of Bouquet and Palate
The 1997 Vosne Romanee les Brulees unfolds gracefully in glass. It boasts a kaleidoscope of cedar and cherry interlaced with an earthy undertone and a dusting of spice – echoes of which are distinctive to its 'Les Brulées' moniker. On the palate, there is an enchanted balance: tannins that have mellowed yet retain vigour, enmeshed within a silky texture that carries whispers of licorice and ripe berries.
Tasting this wine now denotes an intricate dance between maturity and vestiges of spirited acidity. It delineates legacy, a poised relic that carries within each sip, stratums of history and craft - hallmarks that can seduce both the collector's discernment and the connoisseur's quest for rich experiences.
A Bold Vintage for Discerning Investors
With years graciously worn, vinous treasures like the 1997 Vosne Romanee les Brulees from Domaine Meo-Camuzet merit a position in any judicious portfolio. This vintage not only serves as a marque of distinction for Burgundy buffs but also acts as a conduit to those moments in history when nature's hurdles were surmounted by human skill and intuition.
Investing in such illustrious vintages brings not just profound drinking experiences but also a touch point to Burgundy's immense tapestry - one woven together by time-honoured vines and visionary vignerons. And with each cellar-bound bottle lies embedded a narrative ripe for appreciation, as rich as the wine itself.
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Scores and tasting notes
The black/purple-colored 1997 Vosne-Romanee Les Brulees displays plum and sweet grape aromas, intermingled with smoky spices. This is a lovely wine with admirable complexity, expansiveness, and intensity. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, well-focused, and balanced, it is replete with cassis liqueur, blackberries, and Asian spices. Anticipated maturity: now-2007. 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: 011-33-3-80-22-58-25.
Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 1999