An interesting if slightly odd nose of reduction and menthol notes added to wild, ripe and layered red berry fruit aromas that complement the gamy and completely backward flavors that are highly complex and possess a firm and mouth coating texture. This isn't necessarily a wine of finesse or elegance but there is character to burn and as usual, I quite like this. In a word, stunning. *Don't Miss!*
Mazis-Chambertin can often be one of the most sauvage grand crus in Gevrey, but the 2005 Faiveley is a polished and classy example of the vineyard. The nose offers up a complex and compelling mélange of dark berries, black cherries, bitter chocolate, blood orange, Gevrey black minerality and vinesmoke. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and delivers superb focus, with great mid-palate depth, and great complexity and grip on the fine-grained and very long finish. This wine was raised in forty percent new oak, and yet there is very little sign of any wood at all in this wine. A seamless, intensely flavored and supremely elegant rendition of Mazis. Drink between 2017-2060.
Refined, structured, far from fawning, wine. Confident – it knows what it's trying to do. Sleek, dense, crackling, savoury, punchy. Awfully expensive but very, very deep and gets better at the end of the palate. Certainly impressive. 18+/20 points. (JR)
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