Vougeraie Charmes Chambertin Les Mazoyeres Grand Cru 2013
This very large 44 ha domaine is now certified 100% organic across all 35 of its appellations. Winemaker Pierre Vincent described 2013 as "an extremely complicated vintage, particularly in the Côte de Beaune though the Côte de Nuits was no cakewalk either. We began picking the whites on the 26th of September and started harvesting the reds on the 1st of October. There was a lot of sorting necessary and of course the hail further complicated things in many of our appellations in the Côte de Beaune. When I say a lot of sorting I'm not kidding as we threw out between 20 and 40% but the good news in that is that what remained was genuinely of magnificent quality. I used from 30 to 100% whole clusters though it was too risky for the Côte de Beaune wines so with those I used none. Quantities were highly variable but in general we realized a bit more in the Côte de Nuits than in 2012 but markedly less in the Côte de Beaune. I also chose to reduce the amount of new wood in the grand crus from 80% to 60%. As to the wines, I love the 2013s for their purity, freshness and transparency. It may not be a truly great vintage but it's one that pleases me enormously because the underlying terroir is so crystal clear.
This is also markedly floral though here the undertones of soil, humus, forest floor and fallen leaves is much stronger on the assorted red berry infused nose. There is a lovely sense of tension to the detailed but powerful and muscular big-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract on the balanced, intense and lingering finish where the shaping tannins are quite firm but relatively fine. This too is lovely juice that should reward mid to longer-term cellaring. Score: 92-94 Points; Tasted: Jan 2015; Drink: 2025+; Issue: 57; Allen Meadows - Burghound
From vines planted in 1902, the 2013 Charmes Chambertin les Mazoyeres Grand Cru was matured in 50% new oak and contains 80% whole-cluster bunches. It has a very well-defined bouquet with redcurrant, cranberry and red-plum scents, with impressive delineation and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine grip, plenty of juicy red fruit and a sorbet-like freshness and vitality that revivifies the mouth. This is one of the best wines from de la Vougeraie this year and it benefits from a more prudent approach to new oak. Superb. Rating 94-96 Points; Drink: 2018-2035; Date: Dec 2014; Neil Martin - eRobertParker.com #216
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