The 2014 Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru, from vines planted by Charles Roty at the beginning of the 20th century, has a very refined bouquet, very elegant, much more understated than recent vintages from Roty; it has hints of menthol and violets infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin, very silky in the mouth with a keen thread of acidity maintaining tension and poise. This is very seductive, very sophisticated and a great wine from Roty. Returning to Domaine Joseph Roty two weeks after the untimely passing of Philippe Roty at 46 after a three year battle against cancer, as you would expect, one is filled with emotion far beyond that of appraising a new vintage. However, regretfully I have been in this same situation two or three times before and found that after obligatory condolences, there is always a desire to get back to some kind of normality and restore that sense of life going on. The blood stops running but the sap will always keep rising. And in a sense, Philippe is a strong spirit, a guiding influence at the domaine. Chatting with Pierre-Jean Roty, he told me how his brother had never relinquished until the very end, constantly asking him about the 2015 vintage. Photos and videos of the vines were bought in to his hospital and up until his last visits, he was still inspecting the vines and doing his best to continue as if he didn't have a matter of days left on this Earth. Perhaps one small consolation is that he died knowi
A brooding and largely inexpressive nose that has largely eaten its wood speaks of pungently earthy and cool dark berry fruit aromas where additional breadth is present in the form of humus, underbrush and sauvage scents. There is excellent punch and plenty of power evident on the muscular big-bodied flavors that exhibit superb depth and length. This is a very serious Mazy that is clearly built-to-age and it would be pointless to buy it without the express intention of cellaring it for a minimum of 10 years.
Good dark red. Deep but restrained aromas of red fruits, smoke and game, with a note of cassis emerging with air. Not hugely fleshy for grand cru but terrific saline minerality and penetrating acidity gives shape and cut to the sappy strawberry and raspberry fruit flavors. Quite saline but youthfully discreet today, finishing with lingering notes of red cherry and wild strawberry and very suave tannins. Roty's 2014 grand crus were aged in 100% new oak.
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