Domaine D'Auvenay Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2007
1 or more bottles$6,900.00
Wine Enthusiast95 points
Robert Parker95 points
The Mazis Chambertin climate is very well situated, just beneath Ruchottes-Chambertin and next to Clos-de-Bèze. It produces an extremely strong wine, rich, opulent and complex with a structure that guarantees it a long cellaring capacity. After a long ageing, Mazis-Chambertin distinguishes itself with its complex aromas of spices, leather and red fruits. It is one of the rare reds from Domaine d'Auvenay. It is also one of the most sought after for its incredible depth.
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Gevrey-Chambertin is an important village Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) in the Côte de Nuits subregion of Burgundy, France, exclusively for red wines (Pinot Noir). It is also the largest village in the Côte de Nuits and boasts some of Burgundy’s most acclaimed Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. The Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir wines are bright-ruby-coloured in youth, gaining deeper hues with age. On the nose, expect berry fruits (strawberries, mulberries) and floral notes. With age, aromas of licorice, game, underbrush, leather, and fur develop. On the powerful palate, you’ll find well-balanced structure, velvety tannins, and ‘meaty’ texture. Generally, these wines have a reputation for being fuller-bodied and richer than some of their Burgundy counterparts. They have excellent potential for ageing.
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About the brand Domaine d'AuvenayThis is the personal domaine of Lalou Bize-Leroy, based in Saint Romain. It has village and premier cru vineyards in Meursault, Auxey-Duresses and Puligny, plus the grands crus of Chevalier-Montrachet, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet, Bonnes-Mares and Mazis-Chambertin.
After several years now working with Lalou, we are only just starting to see the fruits of our labour by being offered a tiny parcel of d’Auvenay wines (no more than a dozen or so bottles of each) alongside those of Domaine Leroy. Admirers of Coche-Dury or Domaine Leflaive (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) would be well advised to take a very serious look at these d’Auvenays