2011 Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru (Previously $230)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, deep red. Very deep aromas and flavors of raspberry, redcurrant, smoke and crushed rock. At once penetrating and utterly fine-grained; explosive sappy perfume fills the mouth without leaving any impression of weight. Pinot just doesn't pull off this trick anywhere but in Burgundy's top sites. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding palate-staining length.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Don't Miss!* (from both Mazis Haut and Bas where the vines total a remarkable 1.20 ha). A discreet hint of wood allows the slightly riper and definitely more sauvage aromas of earth, humus, dark berries and soft spice notes to shine. There is excellent power to the robust and broad-shouldered flavors that also brim with structure-buffering dry extract that coats the palate on the mineral-driven, punchy and seriously persistent finish. This is not quite as austere as the Latricières though note that here too plenty of patience will be required.
Big, ripe and fruity, it combines a rich character along with the firmest tannins and dense structure. Acidity adds a touch of freshness, while the structure and full fruit are concentrated and still young. Give this solid, dark wine at least until 2020.
Pale ruby. Very sweet and rich. Very flattering. Round and complete. Covers the palate. Dry finish. But good fruit beforehand. Long. 17/20 points.
Terrific weight, and a fascinating exotic spice note. Extremely lovely, rich and complete wine. Always one of Faiveley's best wines, and the 2011 is most certainly no exception. The finish is both firm and persistent, with lots of very fine, very sneaky tannins. (Ketih Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2013)