Burgundy and Beyond

Jean-Nicolas Méo brought his family estate to the pinnacle in France, then took his experience to Oregon

Burgundy and Beyond
Méo stands in Burgundy's famed Clos de Vougeot vineyard, adjacent to the medieval château. The Vosne-Romanée grand cru has been under his direction since 1989. (Jib Peter)
From the May 31, 2021, issue

Jean-Nicolas Méo was a university student in Paris when his father asked him to take over the family domaine in Vosne-Romanée. Though they owned vineyard parcels in prime crus, including Clos de Vougeot, the domaine needed to be reset from scratch. With guidance from the legendary Henri Jayer, Méo-Camuzet became one of the top producers in Burgundy. Then, yearning to explore outside the Côte d’Or, Méo branched out to Oregon, where he and his business partner Jay Boberg make world-class Pinot Noirs—indicative of Burgundy, but distinct in their terroirs—under the Nicolas-Jay label.

Contributing editor Robert Camuto tells the unlikely tale of how the Méos inherited the estate and Jean-Nicolas started out in winemaking without so much as a fermentation tank or pair of pruning shears.

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