2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1331534 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru has a delightful bouquet that can only put a grin on your face. There is significantly more red fruit here compared to the Charmes-Chambertin, very pure with red cherries and crushed strawberry. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, lively on the entry with a little more structure and backbone than the Charmes-Chambertin, fanning out with conviction on the long, white pepper-tinged finish. This is a glorious Mazis-Chambertin that will offer between two and three decades of drinking pleasure.(NM)  (12/2016)

95 points Decanter

 Good depth of colour and an intense, lifted nose of bright raspberry fruit with a light smokiness in the background. Rich, full-bodied and weighty palate, very concentrated. A mighty Mazis without heaviness or clumsiness, refreshed by the fine acidity. Will be magical.Drinking Window 2019 - 2035.(SB)  (2/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A much more sauvage-suffused nose features plenty of warm earth character on the spicy, floral and dark currant aromas. This too possesses a supple mid-palate as the slightly bigger and richer medium-bodied flavors display excellent power and punch on the relatively robust and mineral-driven and well-balanced finish. While this should be approachable young, if you wish to experience it at its peak plenty of patience will be required.  (1/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 Bright, dark, classic Pinot red. From a new barrel: Darker in its fruit character than the Charmes-Chambertin but with a sweet, almost candied quality to the aromas and flavors of black cherry, cola and licorice. Very fine-grained and sweet. From a once-used barrel: Black cherry and licorice flavors show less easy sweetness but more clarity and detail. Finishes juicy and longer, with more minerality and energy. The ultimate blend will be 20% new oak and should be a beauty.(ST)  (1/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Mazy-Chambertin chez Rousseau was raised in twenty percent new wood this year and was showing beautiful potential. The nose delivers a fine constellation of black cherries, dark berries, currant leaf, a complex base of black minerality, venison, a hint of vanillin oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and shows off lovely mid-palate depth, with fine focus and grip, suave tannins and lovely balance on the long, nascently complex and tangy finish. Another lovely bottle in the making. (Drink between 2025-2075)  (11/2016)

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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.
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France

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Burgundy

- 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. View our bestselling Burgundy.