Frederic Esmonin Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru, Burgundy 2017

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Domaine Frédéric Esmonin, from Burgundy's Gevrey-Chambertain appellation, is a true family collaboration that consists of Frederic, his father, André, and his mother, Michele. They have been farming their 10-acres of family vineyards for generations and selling their fruit to the likes of Drouhin, Jadot, and Leroy. In 1988 they began to commercialize their own labels today they are producing consistently high-quality, beautiful wines that represent a great value considering their pedigree.
In ancient French 'Mazis' meant 'country houses'. This plot in Mazy-Chambertin is made from a very small plot of vines that are 50-60 years old. Mazis-Chambertin (9.10ha) lies at the northern end of the group of Grands Crus, closest to the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, and is divided into two parts of which Mazis-Haut sits on the same rock formation as Clos-de-Bèze, while Mazis-Bas is on slightly deeper soil with some influence from the Combe de Lavaux, both in terms of soil make-up and temperature. It is a predominantly brown soil with a few stones. The underlying rock is in the form of fissured slabs through which the roots are able to penetrate. It is an extraordinary red wine, powerful and complex. A wine just waiting to blossom.
92 Burghound - An overtly floral-inflected nose reveals notes of dark currant along with wisps of earth, spice and the sauvage. There is very good volume and richness with slightly better mid-palate concentration to the relatively powerful flavors that culminate in a firm and lingering if mildly rustic finale.
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