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Neal Martin, August 2013,
The 2011 Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru has a stonier nose than the Griotte: a little smoky in style and demonstrating a tincture of stewed cold black tea. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins exerting a gentle grip, quite tense but very poised with superb tension on the finish. It just needs a little more length.
Burghound, April 2013,
A magnificently complex nose that is layered, dense and broad with a mix of dark berry fruits, plum, earth, spice and smoked meat with a distinct animale character. The wonderfully rich, full and powerful big-bodied flavors possess excellent phenolic ripeness before culminating in a spectacular finish as this really fans out on the palate. This too will require patience. Drink 2022+
Stephen Tanzer, January 2013,
Good medium-deep red. Musky aromas of wild raspberry, blood orange and game. Powerful and penetrating yet utterly seamless, with superb inner-mouth perfume and energy to the flavors of raspberry, minerals, flowers and earth. Compelling precision and class here. Shows its clay element without any heaviness. Finishes extremely long and fine-grained, with a strong cherry flavor complicated by a leesy nuance. This is normally a black wine, notes Mounir Saouma, but in 2011 it's characterized more by small, wild red berries.
Lucien le Moine
Lucien Lemoine is the name of the micro-negociant operation founded by Lebanese husband and wife team Mounir and Rotem Saouma. Mounir used to live and work in a monastery but left to study Oeonology and pursue his passion for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Several years living and working in Burgundy helped Mounir learn the ropes while wife Rotem orientated her studies in Dijon towards wine. Mounir's time in the Cistercian monastery is the inspiration behind the name of their operation: 'le Moine' means monk in French and Lucien was the name given to him by the monks. Lucien Le Moine sources exclusively premier cru or grand cru vineyard parcels and raises them in their vaulted cellars in Beaune, bringing a maximum of 100 barrels to the market each year.
Mazis-Chambertin is one of the nine Grands Crus in the Gevrey-Chambertin district on the Côte de Nuits, producing red wine from Pinot Noir. It is located on a gentle slope in the north of the Grand Cru area of Gevrey-Chambertin. The vineyard lies on a limestone subsoil, topped with brown, chalky soil. It is sheltered from the winds and hail by the woods of the Montagne de la Combe Grisard to the North West. When young these wines are bursting with strawberry and raspberry flavours, as well as violets and gamey undertones. Mazis-Chambertin is very aromatic, dark in colour and long lasting.