2021 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Goulots, Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini, Burgundy, France
A complex bouquet with redcurrant, cranberry and blood orange, very focused with deftly integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. Black fruits, white pepper and Moroccan spice towards the finish.
A rising star, Florence Heresztyn-Mazzini took over her family’s vineyards in 2012. The estate covers 5.5 hectares across the villages of Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis, and Chambolle-Musigny, vineyards which are unique in having very old vines. She is one of twenty Burgundy growers who are following an approach known as phytotherapy – meaning that vines are strengthened with natural plant remedies – which she combines with biodynamic methods. The aim is to minimise the number of vineyard treatments. As she explains, her role is to protect ‘the life of the terroir’ and ‘to feel, to understand, to better decide’. Low intervention winemaking, assiduous use of whole-bunches and minimal use of sulphur produces deliciously pure and velvety wines. Bottling is without fining or filtration according to the lunar calendar. Apart from the Bourgogne Rouge, the wines are officially organic since 2019. Super attractive, they have great ageing potential and are receiving rave reviews.
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