The 2015 Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru is the second release from Mortet and comes from a single 0.20-hectare parcel en métayage adjacent to Clos-de-Bèze. It is matured in 70% new oak and includes 40-50% whole bunches. It has an introspective, intellectual and very complex bouquet with dark berry fruit, hints of woodland, crushed flowers and incense, refusing to blossom with aeration but you can tell that there is awesome intensity locked up here. The palate is medium-bodied with a fabulous opening of mulberry, bilberry and sea salt, a hint of dried fig and it's very saline in the mouth. The texture feels a little grainy at the moment, whilst there is superb density on the finish. This is what you call "serious" Burgundy and it should be cellared for 8-10 years. It is not a question of whether Arnaud Mortet's 2015 Burgundies kicked arse...but how much. I was totally blown away by these wines that represent the best ever from the domaine. It is not so much a case of a stellar 100-pointers. Perhaps I was anticipating a score in that rarefied air as I approached the grand crus, and they were not quite there. Rather, it is the consistency amongst the village and premier crus that punched well above their wait, forcing me to give scores that might raise a few eyebrows amongst those in the misguided belief that all Burgundy wines adhere to the hierarchy: generic < village < premier < grand cru. These were thrilling wines that sent tingles of pleasure down my spine. (NM)
First made in 2014, this Mazis has a subdued, inexpressive wine-gum nose. Richly tannic, concentrated and majestic, it has a grainy texture and almost tarry mid-palate. The oak is very present but there is massive fruit behind it. Assertive now, but all the components are in place for a long-lived wine.Drinking Window 2020 - 2040.(SB)
(40% vendange entier; 70% new oak; from Mazis du Haut): Full, deep red. Explosive aromas of raspberry, coffee, minerals and thyme complemented by mellow smoky oak. At once sappy and seamless, offering a velvety texture and a hint of torrefaction to its raspberry and sweet oak flavors. Finishes very long, with utterly suave tannins.(ST)
(from a .20 ha parcel; 40% whole cluster). The restrained nose also possesses a marked floral character that adds a bit of elegance to the overtly spicy and sauvage-inflected nose of earth, black cherry liqueur and underbrush scents. There is a really lovely sense of underlying tension to the racy, intense and stony broad-shouldered flavors that display a sleekly muscular mouthfeel, all wrapped in a firm, serious and youthfully austere finish. This velvety effort is going to require at least mid-term cellaring to shed the moderately firm tannins. 2027+
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