2005 Vosne Romanee les Brulees
By Domaine Meo-Camuzet
2005 Vosne Romanee les Brulees from Domaine Meo-Camuzet, Burgundy, France
In the pantheon of Burgundy vintages, the 2005 stands as a testament to viticulture approached with reverence and the benefits of nature's serendipity. The 2005 Vosne Romanee les Brulees from Domaine Meo-Camuzet revels in that legacy, encapsulating a moment in time when climate and craftsmanship conspired to create something transcendent.
Precision and Elegance: A Tapestry of Terroir
One can scarce discuss the 2005 vintage without reflecting on the near-perfect seasonal conditions that graced Burgundy that year. It was a season characterised by a favourable spring followed by a warm, dry summer culminating in a September that delivered ripeness and balance. These climatic boons are woven into the very fabric of this wine, affording it a structural harmony that few vintages can claim to mirror.
A Vintage Celebrated: The 2005 Vosne Romanee les Brulees
The power and poise of this outstanding vintage shine through with an alluring nose of blackcurrant, violet and a finesseful whiff of truffle. On the palate, the 2005 Vosne Romanee les Brulees matches its aromatic allure with layers of complexity; cherries enrobed in refined tannins swell to meet subtle oak inflections and a mineral-driven finish that sings of its premium Vosne-Romanée terroir.
Domaine Meo-Camuzet, ever known for its masterful expressions of Pinot Noir, delivers with this vintage an embodiment of both power and elegance. Investors take heed; as it enters its plateau of maturity, this wine's kaleidoscope of tertiary flavours is unfurling – promising years, potentially decades, of continued development.
A symphony in a bottle, the 2005 Vosne Romanee les Brulees from Domaine Meo-Camuzet confidently asserts itself as one of the crown jewels within any serious collection. To savor such a wine is to understand the poetry of Burgundy – refined yet rousing, complex yet consummate. A superlative investment for both the palate and portfolio alike.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2005 Vosne-Romanee Les Brulees has the polish, refinement, creaminess of texture and charm that the Parantoux lacked. Sweet black raspberry, nut paste, and butter-creme dominate in the nose and mouth, and the counterpoint of faintly caramelized fruit, toasted nuts, and grilled meat with diverse mineral expressions and juicy freshness of black raspberry and pomegranate is captivating. This long, polished wine should be given 8-10 years of development by which time a direct comparison with the presently more austere and high-strung Parantoux should be a rare treat. Between the effects of drought and of localized hail (in May, before it could effect quality) Jean-Nicolas Meo reported one of his smallest-ever harvests. His production, however, is being boosted these days by a range of negociant wines under the label “Meo-Camuzet Frere et Soeur” (marked “F&S” in the listing above). The top wines had been assembled in tank and sulfured in preparation for bottling, and were suffering a bit on account of this. Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, CA; tel. (510) 524-1524. Also a Jean-Marie de Champs Selection (various importers), French fax 011 33 3 80 22 58 25.
David Schildknecht - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2007