2015 Vieux Château Mazerat$109.99
An extraordinary right bank Bordeaux nestled between Chateau Canon and Chateau Angelus and faces Chateau Beausejour Duffau. We were duly impressed when we tasted this wine last week. It's comprised of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc from vines that are about seventy years old. This is the mother vineyard for Chateau Le Dome which has become one of the top wines from St Emilion over the last decade. The soil is comprised of clay over limestone, and the yields are kept to 30 hectolitres per hectare. The vines are tended to sustainably and up to three green harvests are employed to allow the hanging grapes to mature without the threat of mildew. The beauty of this wine is its opulence and purity, along with its vibrance. Wine from St Emilion can be very big and high in alcohol which is true, but you do not get an impression while drinking the 2015 Vieux Mazerat. This is a stunning expression of the Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes and rivals the best examples at a fraction of their prices. It is drinkable now, and has some great press too see below!
Jeb Dunnuck 97 pts! The 2015 Vieux Château Mazerat is another sensational Saint Emilion from Jonathan Maltus. A blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, it offers a heavenly bouquet of blackberry liqueur, cassis, toasted spices, graphite, and scorched earth-like minerality. Deep, full-bodied, layered, and opulent, yet with awesome purity and precision, this tour de force is already approachable yet will cruise in the cellar for 15+ years. Bravo! (Drink between 2018 - 2033)
Wine Advocate (Lisa Perrotti-Brown) 96+ pts! Coming from a single vineyard possessing vines planted in 1947 and composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon with 35% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Vieux Chateau Mazerat opens with expressive crème de cassis, dark chocolate, charcuterie and plum preserves with hints of incense, Indian spices and cigar box. The palate is big and rich with firm, grainy tannins and a touch of prune character, plus a lively backbone and long earth-laced finish.
Wine Enthusiast( Roger Voss) 95-97 pts! This powerful wine comes from a superbly sited vineyard in the heart of St Emilion. It is concentrated with huge tannins with black plum juice, dark berries, and a dense brooding character. A powerhouse of both fruit and tannin, it needs to age. Drink from 2018.