Domaine Meo-Camuzet Haut Cote de Nuits blanc Clos Saint-Philibert 2005
2005 Such character
The climatic conditions of the vintage are reflected in the bottle: small yields, a fine degree of maturity, thanks to a heat-wave in August, and a good level of acidity, preserved by the north wind just before the harvest and the cold of the cellars the following winter. The 2005s have a very great potential: they are dense and deep, with silkiness (perhaps the main characteristic of the vintage) and good structure. The big question is: have they closed up? A little, certainly, which is only natural after three years in the bottle already. Nothing to worry about, though, and after 10 minutes in the glass, the aromas open out again in all their splendour. In any case, it would be better to lay them down, except for the less prestigious wines that may be drunk in order to catch a glimpse of this voluptuous vintage
White Hautes Côtes de Nuits
Thanks to its originality, this very generous wine avoids the generic characteristics of its appellation. Its rich and often tropical aromas, its freshness and mineral character are remarkable.
When this wine is young, its nose is captivating and well developed, whereas the palate is less pronounced, still marked by the acidity. We would advise a few years of ageing for this wine to achieve a perfect balance.
Once the alcoholic fermentation is finished, the maturing process is both slow and fast at the same time: the wine expresses itself quickly, but in order to preserve its richness, it is important not to rush the bottling. Indeed, we do not filter this wine (which is uncommon for a white) and it therefore needs time to fall clear.
Traditional, since the alcoholic fermentation takes place in casks with regular 'bâtonnages'. The fermentation is carried out slowly in order to favour the richness of the wine
Planted at the beginning of the 90s, the vines are now well rooted and must dig down deep in order to go in search of its nutrients. The growth cycle is longer, beginning at the same time or even earlier, but the maturation is longer, and the harvest takes place a few days later compared with the vines of the 'Côte'. The grapes we pick here are always very ripe, but with a high degree of natural acidity. The level of alcohol remains reasonable, as the grapes generally contain from 12° to 12.5° potential alcohol, which in the end produces a fresh, easy-to-drink wine.
Surface area, situation & orientation
Situated about 330 yards from Échezeaux, still on the territory of Flagey-Échezeaux at an altitude of over 1,200 feet, we have always thought it has a dream orientation: gently sloping and slanting east/south-east, poor soil… Of course, the altitude is higher (about 390 – 425 feet above the village of Vosne), but a carpet of stones encourages reverberation. The total surface area is nearly 9 acres.