Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru from Faiveley has a beguiling nose with brambly red berry fruit, damp earth, cold flagstone and just a faint smear of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin matched with assiduous acidity that lends tension and poise. It is quite backward, even compared to other grand cru 2012s, but there is the substance and the breeding here to suggest a seriously long and pleasurable evolution. This is one of the standouts of the Côte de Nuits.
Full medium red. Rather wild aromas of raspberry, smoky minerals and pungent sandalwood. Then plush, tactile and savory in the mouth, displaying classically dry flavors of strawberry, raspberry and minerals. At once polished and youthfully clenched, this distinctly saline, highly concentrated wine finishes with almost painful length and an impression of weightlessness. Less sweet in the early going than Faiveley's stunning Clos de Bèze but showing much more verve and fruit intensity than a barrel sample did in November of 2013.
One of the largest and most respected producers in Burgundy, Faiveley is now on its seventh generation and is still growing. Known for consistent quality and its huge range of appellations, this family company has it all. With each new generation comes a difference in wine making style but critical acclaim is always the same. White or red, estate or negociant, Faiveley is a winner.
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