2011 Mazis Chambertin Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy Mazis Chambertin France Still wine

2011 Mazis Chambertin

Domaine Armand Rousseau

92Average Score
flagBurgundy / France

The 2011 Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru demonstrates more precision on the nose than the Charmes-Chambertin, a little more lift and vigor with pretty black cherries, cassis and dark chocolate scents. The palate is medium-bodied with some oak to be subsumed on the entry. There is good weight here, though it is not a complex Mazy-Chambertin compared to previous vintages. Still, it is showing fine composure and focus on the finish. Drink now-2020. ||The man, the legend himself, was sitting in the entrance office. Charles Rousseau, now in his ninth decade, looked gaunter than when we last met two or three years ago, but what a privilege just to see him enjoying the summer rays. I tasted through the 2011 with vineyard manager Frederic Robert, whose candid answers I always appreciate when tasting through their portfolio, especially since it is easy to succumb to reputation at this address. The 2011 is the first vintage with a redesigned bottle now embossed with the domaine name to prevent fraud. He also spoke about their new 1.3-hectares of vine from Chateau de Gevrey that is tentatively called “Clos du Chateau” or something similar. However, he admitted that there is much work to do in the vineyard since around 25% to 30% of the vines are missing and were replanting last October. “We started to pick early on the last day in August as spring had been so hot,” he informed me as we broached the subject of the 2011s. “It was a ripe vintage with more acidity if you compare it to 2007 but the wines are more balanced. It is more a vintage for restaurants than for aging.” Given that this is one of my favorite producers in the Cote d’Or, I have to admit that the Village and Premier Crus were lacking a little stuffing and precision compared to their own impeccable standards. In a way, I do not mind that since Rousseau always expresses the strengths and weaknesses of a vintage, which is something to be admired. Plus, on one or two occasions, I wonder whether they should have dialed down the new oak, in particular with the Clos-de-Beze that seems unable to handle the wood nearly as well as the Chambertin. Still, there are some beautiful wines here in 2011 and a quick barrel tasting of 2012s revealed joy to come. eRobertParker.com.August, 2013

Neal Martin    Score: 91/100

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