Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini Pinot Noir (Bourgogne 2014)
~$31/bottle Special Price (6-pack mix-and-match)
June 16th is Bloomsday – the international celebration of James Joyce‘s novel Ulysses, one of the essential works of modernist literature. The fictional protagonist of the novel, Leopold Bloom, spends a day kicking around Dublin, Ireland as a kind of contemporary Odysseus. In a passage that made the non-fictional establishment Davy Byrne’s Pub famous, Bloom orders a Gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of Burgundy.
What better way to observe Bloom’s wanderings than with a Burgundy tasting?
We’ll be sampling some of the Pinot Noir-based wines from Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini with a focus on the superb value Bourgogne from declassified Gevrey-Chambertin vines. The vines are grown in the “Champ Franc” climat that was planted in 1986. Although easy drinking and deliciously seductive, this wine shows its breeding with some of the weight and perfume you expect from such hallowed ground in the Côte de Nuits. Only 430 cases are produced annually.
Heresztyn-Mazzini is a domaine reborn. It has been a family business since 1932 and although Florence Heresztyn had worked there for 13 years prior, 2012 marks the first vintage under the reorganized domaine that now belongs to Florence and her husband Simon Mazzini, a winemaker from Champagne who has worked at the domaine since 2003. They both began their influence in 2007 when they introduced whole bunch fermentation, which has become a fundamental principle at the domaine. Their approach in 13+ acres of vineyards spread across the villages of Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis, and Chambolle-Musigny is both lutte raisonnée and organic, depending on the plot, with the intention of going fully biodynamic.
The couple place great importance on respecting nature and the environment, and use environmentally friendly pest control. To improve the yield, vines are de-budded and thinned early. To ensure only the healthiest fruit is made into wine, the grapes are always harvested by hand, sorted on a vibrating sorting table, with a final hand-sorting prior to fermentation with natural yeast. The wines are bottled at the estate, with no fining or filtration, and according to the lunar calendar.
Special Prices based on 6-pack mix-and-match
~$67 “Vieilles Vignes” (Gevrey-Chambertin)
Assembled from a range of Gevrey-Chambertin climat including, Billard, Es Murots, La Platière, and Puits de la Barraque from vines as old as 70 years. Complex and highly elegant on the palate. 540 cases produced.
~$76 “Les Songes” (Gevrey-Chambertin)
From the Gevrey-Chambertin climat En Songe and Les Gueulepines with vines planted between 1926 and 1952. Great complexity along with nice freshness. 160 cases produced.
$108 “La Perrière” (Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru)
From the Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru climat of “La Perrière” with vines planted in 1982. The finest of Heresztyn-Mazzini Gevrey Premiers Crus, elegant and harmonious. 150 cases produced.
$108 “Les Champonnets” (Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru)
From the Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru climat of “Les Champonnets” with vines planted in 1972. Deep and dense with light floral notes and well-suited for aging. Less than 100 cases produced.
$108 “Les Millandes” (Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru)
From the Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru climat of “Les Millandes” with vines planted in 1972. Structure, elegance, with a complex bouquet. 150 cases produced.
$225 Clos-Saint-Denis (Grand Cru)
From the Grand Cru climat of Clos-Saint-Denis with vines planted in 1980. Rich, complex, and elegant – A great wine for the cellar. 80 cases produced.