2018 Vosne Romanée 1° Cru "Les Chaumes" - Méo Camuzet - Borgogna - 1 Magnum (1,5 L)
Often mentioned in the same breath as his famed uncle (the late Henri Jayer) Emmanuel Rouget is a well-regarded Burgundy producer in his own right. Having taken over the farming of the Jayer brothers' (Henri, Lucien and Georges) holdings, Rouget produces sought-after Pinot Noirs from sought-after vineyards from his base in Flagey-Echézeaux.
Rouget's best-known wines include the famed Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru Cros Parantoux, famously planted during 1940s by Jayer after it had been abandoned in the wake of the phylloxera devastation at the beginning of the 20th Century. Rouget controls two thirds of the one hectare (2.5 acre) site with Méo-Camuzet taking the remainder.
Other prized holdings include 1.4 hectares (3.4 acres) in Echézeaux and a small plot in the premier cru Les Beaux Monts (which Rouget labels as "Les Beaumonts"). He also has vineyards at village-level in Vosne-Romanée, Savigny-lès-Beaune and Nuits-Saint-Georges as well as Côte de Nuits-Villages.
Rouget began working in vineyards in 1976, when he was hired by his uncle Henri Jayer, one of the most prominent and critically lauded winemakers in Burgundy. Jayer's wines have been some of the most expensive Pinot Noir expressions and the Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru is easily one of the most expensive wines in the world.
Emmanuel Rouget first began selling wines under his own name when working as sharecropper of vineyards owned by different members of his family. In 1996 Jayer passed the vineyards to Rouget but continued to bottle some wines under his own name until his full retirement in 2001 – subsequent vintages carry Rouget's name and command ultra-premium prices, though not as high as his uncle's.