I’ll Drink to That: Jean-Nicolas Méo of Méo-Camuzet

Episode 367 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently. It features Jean-Nicolas Méo of Méo-Camuzet in Burgundy and the Nicolas-Jay winery in Oregon.

I’ve noticed over time that one of the advantages Burgundy possesses is an abundance of highly articulate vignerons and proprietors to speak about the wines. The are a number of people who can bring thoughtful commentary to an understanding of the place. Certainly, Jean-Nicolas Méo is one of those, and this interview serves as an example of what might be called privileged time: in real life it can be difficult today to arrange for an hour and a half with Jean-Nicolas, but in the podcast world all you need do is press play. If you should listen, you will hear all about the early days of the Méo-Camuzet domaine, pruning the vine rows, the decisions of what to plant, and of course, the presence of Henri Jayer. Why were the Jayer wines so tremendous? Jean-Nicolas has some thoughts on the subject. And if you listen to what he has to say as well about Cros Parantoux, you will come away with a strong understanding of what sets that vineyard apart. This is true also for the Méo parcels in Richebourg, Clos Vougeot, and Vosne Aux Brulees. This is a Burgundy lover’s episode for sure. But there is, as well, a discussion of the new Pinot Noir project in Oregon with Jay Boberg, Nicolas-Jay, and a symmetry to this episode that begins with Jean-Nicolas and Jayer and ends with Nicolas and Jay.

This episode also has a Warm Up from Erin about Vosne-Romanée and the history of the Richebourg vineyard.

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