You’ll have a grand time among the Grands Crus in the heart of Burgundy’s prestigious Vosne-Romanée and Clos Vougeot, the Côte de Nuits’ brightest stars, producing the finest and most expensive Pinot Noir wines in the world. Two couples will have a delightful experience at Domaine Méo-Camuzet, one of the most celebrated domaines of the Côte d’Or, including a guided tour, by Jean-Nicolas himself, of the château and vineyards at Clos Vougeot, a cellar tour at the domaine and an intimate dinner with Nathalie & Jean-Nicolas Méo.
Domaine Méo-Camuzet bottles an astounding six Grand Crus—Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, Corton Les Perriéres, Corton La Vigne Au Saint, Corton Clos Rognet and Échezeaux—as well as ten Premier Crus (from the communes of Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Chambolle-Musigny and Fixin). The domaine boasts eighteen hectares of land in some of the most spectacular appellations and crus of Burgundy. Because the vineyard land in Burgundy is highly parceled out among families and Grands Cru plots are so small, it’s rare for anyone to have even one in their range, let alone the six the Méos have… and Clos Vougeot is one of the most famous. Méo-Camuzet owns the second largest holding at the foot of the castle, once the property of the Camuzet family.
Though delicate and fine, even in their youth, the paradoxical concentration and intensity of Vosne-Romanée wines make them ideal for long cellar aging. Clos Vougeot wines boast a high historical pedigree, having been on the table of many notable people during the course of its 900-year history. These rare, stunning achievements are a Burgundy lover’s dream.
Burgundy lovers will also adore Nathalie & Jean-Nicolas Méo, both born and raised in Paris, and having now lived in Burgundy for 30 years. Jean-Nicolas was on his way to a career in banking as his father was deciding whether to sell the Domaine. In those days, the estate, like many others in Burgundy, was run on a sharecropping basis, called métayage. Having spent time in Vosne only during family holidays he knew nothing about winemaking, but he knew the vineyards were of exceptional quality and he couldn’t bear the thought of the property being sold.
He started oenology studies at Dijon and moved to the Domaine in 1989. Jean-Nicolas has remarked that he learned about theory and analysis at Dijon, but he learned about winemaking from Henri Jayer and Christian Faurois, former leaseholders who had cultivated the vines of Méo-Camuzet for many years. He especially took to heart Jayer’s philosophy that wine should, above all, bring pleasure.
Nathalie had started a promising career in luxury goods when she followed Jean-Nicolas to Burgundy. Born into an aristocratic family that counts the Emperor Napoleon as a direct ancestor, she adapted to country life at the side of her husband, enjoying the same wines that were the Emperor’s favorite!
Everything about your day at Domaine Méo-Camuzet will be personal and exceptional. The day will begin with a tour of the vineyards and château at Clos Vougeot, followed by a private tour of the Domaine and a tasting which you’ll enjoy discussing with your hosts that evening. Imagine sharing your impressions from the tour and tasting with Nathalie & Jean-Nicolas as you tour the cellar with them and enjoy dinner together.
All you learn from the Méos about Méo-Camuzet, Vosne-Romanée, Clos Vougeot and beautiful Burgundy will enhance the experience of biking the next day through some of France’s most picturesque villages and vineyards.
The wines you enjoy at home will be as exceptional as your Burgundy experience. While Domaine Méo-Camuzet holds three hectares (7.4 acres) of Clos Vougeot (the average holding is well under one hectare (2.4 acres), it generally sells only one cuvée of Clos Vougeot. Only in 2009 and 2017 has the domaine made two wines, from different terroirs in the Clos. To the Méo’s knowledge, this is unique, in the sense that it enables the wine amateur to taste the difference between two equally qualitative sites in the Clos (at the top of the appellation) made under the same viticultural management and using the same winemaking techniques.
Some of Burgundy’s very best is waiting on your very best bid.
Nathalie & Jean-Nicolas Méo of Méo-Camuzet
Nathalie & Jean-Nicolas Méo of Méo-Camuzet