Domaine Meo Camuzet   Richebourg

2005 Richebourg

By Domaine Meo-Camuzet

2005 Richebourg from Domaine Meo-Camuzet, Burgundy, France

Delving into the heart of Vosne-Romanée's hallowed soils, the 2005 Richebourg from Domaine Meo-Camuzet emerges as a sterling archetype of both the domain's exemplary craftsmanship and Burgundy's finest terroir. The vintage has carved its own unique space in the annals of Burgundian lore; a confluence of perfect climatic patterns ushered in a harvest that many winemakers dream of but seldom experience.

 

An Exquisite Alchemy between Season and Soil

The 2005 season in Burgundy was marked by an ideal sequence of temperate spring, consistent summer heat, leading to an elongated ripening period. Such contoured growing conditions augured well for the Pinot Noir grapes in Richebourg - resulting in a wine of extraordinary balance, profound depth, and precise expression.

The 2005 vintage from Domaine Meo-Camuzet unfolds with brooding complexity - a tapestry woven with red and black fruits, refined earthy undertones and an enthralling spiciness. Notably, it retains a luscious silkiness that belies its formidable structure, allowing for immediate enjoyment yet promising vast potential for those who opt to invest in further cellaring.

 

A Harmonious Investment Grade Wine

Tending towards the philosophical, one might surmise that the intrinsic worth of the 2005 Richebourg from Domaine Meo-Camuzet extends beyond its sensory delights; embedded within is an anticipatory value that crescendos with each passing year. As a fine wine investor or a connoisseur aiming to augment their portfolios with Burgundy's elite crus, understanding such vintages' granularity reveals the latent possibilities offered by each nuanced sip.

Uniting a venerable vintage with unsurpassed vinicultural expertise, Domaine Meo-Camuzet encapsulates an intrinsic certainty: The 2005 Richebourg is not simply another illustrious label but an embodiment of a rare alchemy between the elements – one that serendipitously coincided with human endeavour to create a truly one-of-a-kind investment worthy wine.

Market price (SGD)

$62,680.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

2682.14

Scores and tasting notes

94-95

Meo’s 2005 Richebourg leads with lovely, invigorating fresh black raspberry and cassis character, with saline and iodine notes. Palate-saturating and bright, this is surprisingly dominated by the very primary, juicy fresh fruit end of the spectrum and saline minerality, leading to a long, mouth-watering, if not particularly layered finish. The sense of extract and fine tannins are obvious. The wine just needs time – and even a few weeks to recover from the racking and assembling would probably have made a significant contribution to its showing today. 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

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