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Meat and minerals in the 2009 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs, Fixin

February 17, 2015 Leave a comment

My mother and mother-in-law were up in Maryland this past holiday weekend.  As they had only seen Lou’s kitchen and wine cellar renovation we stopped by for a quick visit.  We could not arrive empty handed so I double-decanted my most recent dump-bin find, the 2009 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs, Fixin.  With glass in hand we took a quick look around the cellar.  The wine smelled good from the start but it was later that night that it showed best.  Both the aromas and flavors with in sync with meat, minerals, and the slightest hint of maturity.  If you are lucky enough to have a few bottles then hold off drinking them for several more years.  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2009 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs, Fixin – $30
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from 25 and 50 year old vines on soils of clay and limestone.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was a meaty, mineral, incense nosed that was followed by the flavors in the mouth.  There were minerals notes, polished wood, and hard red fruit enlivened by almost juicy acidity.  The wine developed over several hours but remained young and fresh with just a touch of maturity.  The black mineral flavors took on more perfume towards the finish.  This was a very attractive wine that still needs several years in the cellar.  ***(*) Now-2025Camuzet2

Pinot Fin and Fixin from Burgundy

It was noted that I do not drink many wines from Burgundy.  In an effort to correct this deficiency Phil and Joe recommended the two wines featured in this post.  Both of these wines represent efforts by a younger generation.   It took Lou to remind me that he opened a bottle of the 2009 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, Pinot Fin, Bourgogne last year which I wrote about in Drinking New Wines With Lou.  That bottle of “Pascal Lachaux” was imported by Premier Cru whereas the bottle imported by MacArthur Liquors is labeled “Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux”.  This wine is produced by Pascal Lachaux who is the son-in-law of Robert Arnoux.  It is labeled as Pinot Fin because the fruit is mostly sourced from old rootstock bearing that name.  It offers up a somewhat meaty nose followed by good, clean fruit flavors in the mouth.  The 2010 Domaine Michel Noellat, Fixin was produced by the Michel’s sons Alain and Jean-Marc Noëllat.  Fove $5 more you get village level fruit and it really shows.  There was strong personality on the nose and in the mouth which was complemented by a grippy structure.  I really enjoyed its depth and at times simply found myself simply smelling my glass.  I heard that the first shipment of 2012s are due any day now.  Check back in the near future to find more Burgundy posts.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2009 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, Pinot Fin, Bourgogne – $30
Imported by MacArthur  Liquors.  This wine is 100% Pinot Noir from 60+ year old vines on old Pinot Fin rootstock sourced from blocks in several villages, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanee, and Nuit-Saint-Georges.  The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and aging in French oak barrels.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The nose was slightly meaty with clean fruit.  In the mouth the clean fruit had an orange-citrus lift and lithe acidity.  The fruit became rounded with black flavors, making way to a gentle, clean aftertaste.  This remained young over two nights but is still drinkable now.  *** Now-2019.

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2010 Domaine Michel Noëllat, Fixin – $35
Imported by Potomac Selections Inc.  Alcohol 13%.  There was a rather good news with some depth to the floral scented sweet fruit..  There were flavors of clean, Pinot Noir fruit that maintains the personality of the nose in the mouth.  This good wine had perfumed, brighter red fruit in the middle.  It was acidity driven and had enjoyable tannins contributing some cool, ripe grip.  *** Now-2020.

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