1999 mazy – from fred esmonin


Frederic Esmonin, Mazy-Chambertin 1999

It was never really going to be possible to beat Friday’s wine on Saturday, was it? – Or was it!

1999 Frederic Esmionin, Mazy-Chambertin
Frederic always preferring the (Maz)’y’ to the (Maz)’is!’ I haven’t opened one of these for 10 years – perhaps now’s the time!
Hmm – now that’s an inviting nose. Only modest amplitude, but a nose with more maturity than the Potel Clos des Chênes and still ‘clean’ & fresh. In the mouth, less innate density than the Chênes, but here is a more open, almost sparkling, complexity – a little mid-palate oomph too – like all good Mazi should have. The middle and finish of this wine are really quite something – energetic and vibrantly intense. Never the same weight of impact of the Chênes but altogether more complex and welcoming – did I mention ‘easier to drink?’ Hmm, this moreish wine didn’t need two days to finish – though in this case, help came from someone else who tends to prefer whites. Less than a glass laid in wait for day two – cloudy with sediment – less good but no brett or unsavouriness. My best wine of 2020 – even after the brilliant Potel, though I think that the more concentrated Potel may have more longevity!
Rebuy – Oh Yes!

Did I mention how much I’m liking 1999s right now? 😉

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 3 responses to “1999 mazy – from fred esmonin”

  1. Mike Golub5th January 2020 at 7:40 pmPermalinkReply

    Its great that you have access to older burgundies and a much better selection than we have in the USA! The only way we can do this is at ttasteings ,maybe, or auctions of which the selections and prices are no good!

    • billn5th January 2020 at 7:44 pmPermalinkReply

      I never keep invoices Mike, but I’m sure this didn’t cost much more than £30 when purchased ‘en-primeur’ in January 2001. I’ve still got some of Fred’s Griotte, Ruchottes, Bèze and Chambertin from this vintage – a selection from 2001 too…

  2. Sycamore6th January 2020 at 5:58 amPermalinkReply

    Totally with you on the recent goodness of 1999’s, Bill. Enjoyed a ’99 Gallois Charmes-Chambertin a few days after Christmas. It joined a 1993 Drouhin Clos des Mouches (rouge) as co-wine of the year for 2019!

  3. Marko de Morey a la Vosne12th January 2020 at 7:18 pmPermalinkReply

    Thanks for the note here Bill, interesting & maybe timely. I have 6 packs of the 2001 Chambertin, De Beze, and Mazy, bought in 2011. Prices were GBP £300 for the Cham & De Beze; GBP 240 for the Mazy – all In Bond so UK Duty & VAT to pay to release (GBP 76.07 x 2 and GBP 64.07 respectively. Good prices then & nowadays 😉 ! These wines have been ‘winking’ at me for a while but maybe I’ll leave them slumbering until you broach any of your 2001s :). I also have 2009 Ruchottes but that will be a way off !

    • billn12th January 2020 at 9:56 pmPermalinkReply

      I have the 01 Chambertin, Bèze, Mazy – and maybe one other. Not to the level of the 1999s I’m afraid, but at your prices – you only paid (in today’s money) for Bourgogne Rouge 😉

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