2015 Domaine Denis Mortet Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1323822 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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)  (12/2016)

95 points Decanter

 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)  (2/2017)

92-95 points Vinous

 (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)  (1/2017)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (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+  (1/2018)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.