2018 Domaine Camus-Bruchon & Fils Clos du Roi
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $54.94 (was: $64.94)*
We really never tire of seeing ‘Clos du Roi’ on a bottle of Burgundy, and no we aren’t talking about the nearby Corton grand cru, but the overachieving Beaune 1er cru. This superlative vineyard is always priced well below neighboring Corton, but in the right hands can yield an equally regal and very satisfying bottle of Beaune. Camus-Bruchon is a producer worthy of “serious consideration” (Wine Advocate), and their 2018 Clos du Roi is “a first class bottle of Beaune premier cru” (View from the Cellar) that Burgundy fans won't want to miss.
Based in Savigny Les Beaune, Camus-Bruchon has carved out an enviable niche with their lineup of 1er crus, none of which break the $100 mark, and per the Wine Advocate, “it's a mystery why this 7.5-hectare domaine isn't better known.” Guillaume Camus farms organically, with manual harvesting and minimal new oak. His wines routinely earn critical acclaim from diehard Burgundy critics like John Gilman and Burghound, and the latest releases are “beautiful examples of the 2018 vintage” (View from the Cellar). The 93pt Clos du Roi is a must have, with both delicious ripeness and excellent terroir signature that promise a long drinking window. Cheers!
93 points, View from the Cellar: "The Clos du Roi vineyard is a bit warmer microclimate than most of the Savigny premier crus, so I wondered if this would be the one wine in the Camus-Bruchon lineup that showed a bit more of the super ripeness of the 2018 vintage, but the answer was an emphatic “no”. The wine has turned out beautifully pure, precise and sappy, with the bouquet wafting from the glass in a beautiful blend of blackberries, cassis, bitter chocolate, gamebird, a touch of mustard seed, a superb base of soil, just a whisper of cedar and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and potentially sappy at the core, with lovely soil signature, ripe, seamless tannins and a very long, perfectly balanced finish. This is a first class bottle of Beaune premier cru in the making."
90 points, Burghound: "There is a touch of the sauvage to the layered blend of plum, violet, pungent earth and ripe red and dark currant that is set off by a touch of wood toast. I like the succulence and seductive mouthfeel of the medium weight flavors that possess fine delineation on the reasonably complex and persistent finale that also displays a hint of sweetness."
*Offer publication date August 4, 2021. Pricing and availability subject to change.