2012 Mazis Chambertin Lucien Le Moine

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Average critic rating : 94.0 points



Here the nose isn't quite as elegant as the Griotte as there is plenty of sauvage character but otherwise the red and dark berry fruit, earth and underbrush aroma are almost as complex. There is excellent volume and plenty of underlying vibrancy to the bigger and richer flavors that possess really lovely delineation on the equally mineral-driven finish. Good stuff and built to reward long-term aging. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2027+



The 2012 Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru has a sophisticated bouquet that has wonderful clarity - ebullient and vivacious, speaking louder than the Charmes or Griottes-Chambertins at present. The palate is precise on the entry with good acidity, poised with a precise blueberry and iodine finish. This should be devastatingly seductive once bottled. ||It is always a pleasure to visit the indefatigable Mounir Saouma at his hideaway winery just off the Beaune periphique. He is a winemaker you can jest with, and he is often victim of my sardonic Essex humor (for example, when enthusing about obtaining one of five barrels of a premier cru, I dryly enquired whether the other four were sold off for distillation - I would not say that to Aubert de Villaine.) And I appreciate Mounir's wines. They used to taste a little too fat and almost over-powering in their youth, but I think he is fine-tuning his reductive winemaking style, achieving more freshness and vitality. I tasted his 2012 reds since the whites were still undergoing malolactic. Among the tidal wave of opinions, one that he emphasized was that to capture the quality of the vintage under cork, the wines should be bottled late, and not in spring when Burgundy will resound to the clinking of glass. Mounir also told me that he paid 50% more from wines in 2012 than in 2011, but that he intends to keep prices within 15% increase. Wine Advocate.February, 2014


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