2013 Charmes Chambertin Les Mazoyeres Domaine de la Vougeraie

Described as “awesome” by Neal Martin, the 2013 Charmes Chambertin ‘Les Mazoyeres’ is one of the top grand cru picks of the 2013 Burgundy vintage. This “superb” high scoring, and very reasonably priced wine from Vougeraie is a brilliant effort and testament to the fantastic quality of the winemaking at this top-drawer domaine. It is easily Neal Martin’s highest scoring Charmes of the vintage and is so good that it also matches the scores of hugely expensive cuvees such as Romanee Conti’s Richebourg and Liger-Beliar’s ‘La Romanee’.


From ancient vines planted over a century ago the Mazoyeres is a grand cru to seek out. The plants produce only a tiny amount of fruit, enough for a couple of hundred cases at most, but what is grown is extraordinary in quality. It is a wine that can rival some of the best yet is still a fraction of the price. Given the score, tasting note, illustrious company and tiny production the price is very, very reasonable.

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Average critic rating : 95.0 points



From vines planted in 1902, the 2013 Charmes Chambertin les Mazoyeres Grand Cru was matured in 50% new oak and contains 80% whole-cluster bunches. It has a very well-defined bouquet with redcurrant, cranberry and red-plum scents, with impressive delineation and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine grip, plenty of juicy red fruit and a sorbet-like freshness and vitality that revivifies the mouth. This is one of the best wines from de la Vougeraie this year and it benefits from a more prudent approach to new oak. Superb. ||Pierre Vincent has taken a steady hand to Domaine de la Vougeraie in recent years and in my mind, has begun producing some quite splendid wine from a strong portfolio of holdings, wines that hold their own in blind tastings. "It was not easy for biodynamic farming because there was a lot of rain and low temperatures and then there was the terrible hailstorm in the Côte de Beaune. For whites it was difficult in Beaune and Charlemagne. But I am happy with the quality. The white are pure and clean, perhaps with a touch of reduction for hail-affected vineyards. But I am very happy with Bâtard-Montrachet. The harvest was not easy. We started on 26 September, just before the rain that arrived on 1 October. I was lucky because all the white were harvested before the rain. Others harvested after and for the white that made it difficult for them. The balance between fruit and acidity is perfect for the whites. For the reds it was easier because it was not affected by hailstorm and I am very happy with the Nuit Saint Georges, Vougeot and Chambolle villages. The pH after malo was around 3.55 - a perfect pH after malo. I do more and more whole clusters, a minimum 30% but for the Côte de Nuits it is between 50% and 100% whole cluster." This was a strong selection from Pierre, in particular I would draw your attention to a brilliant Charlemagne (renamed thus after being Corton-Charlemagne for many years) and a really quite awesome Charmes-Chambertin, one of the best that I tasted. eRobertParker.com.December, 2014

Domainede la Vougeraie was created in 1999 when Jean-Claude Boisset decided to collate all of his vineyard holdings from his various negociant companies under one name. The name is inspired by Boisset’s significant holdings in the village of Vougeot and the domaine itself covers over 25 hectares of vineyards more than 20 different appellations. With six grand crus (Musigny,BonnesMares, Closde Vougeot, Charmes-ChambertinLes Mazoyères, CortonClos du Roi and Corton Charlemagne En Charlemagne), Domaine de la Vougeraie is one of Burgundy’s leading domaines.The premier and grand cru vineyards are all farmed biodynamically and yields are carefully restricted. Winemaker Pierre Vincent favours a delicate approach: hand sorting, cool maceration and the grapes are only punched down once a day. This results in elegant, complex wines which are of consistently high quality.

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