Mazoyères-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard Grand Cru 2020

The tiny 3-hectare Grand Cru of Mazoyères-Chambertin has, for many years, been bottled as Charmes-Chambertin – its 27-hectare neighbour to the north. Slightly more meaty in body and flavour than Charmes, its opulent Pinot Noir is best cellared for a decade before broaching its seductively dark and complex black cherry fruit and spice. Certified Biodynamic.

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Tasting Notes

The Grand Cru of Mazoyères-Chambertin has often been included as part of Charmes-Chambertin so it’s rare to see labelled as such. It lies on gentle east-facing slopes of alluvial marne (decomposed limestone) with higher free-draining gravel and stone content in the clay-limestone towards the lower-end that borders the main road.

The Bastiens look after about 1ha of the appellation which contains vines of varying ages on slightly differing soils.

Deep purple in colour when young, it tends to veer towards brick-red with bottle age. Aromatic forest fruit, violet and rose lift with spice coming through on the nose with powerful 'sous-bois' flavours as it develops and a slight saline minerality. Cellar for a decade before broaching with small game, lamb or soft cheese.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionBurgundy, Côte de Nuits
Grape Variety (Cépage)Pinot Noir
Food & Wine MatchingCheese, Chicken and Turkey, Lamb
CellarageCellar for 10 years after vintage. Decant for an hour or two before drinking. Best to enjoy 10 to 15 years after vintage.
VinificationVinified in a mix of 225- and 228-Litre casks at 16 degrees C., this cuvée is matured on the fine lees in oak with some initial lees stirring at first, malolactic conversion permitted. Bottled after filtration after 11 months.
Alcohol By Volume (%)13.5

Domaine Henri Richard

This is a traditional, family-run, organic estate. Domaine founder, Jean Richard, was a cooper, and father of Henri Richard. The former bought the 1st parcel of Mazoyères-Chambertin in 1938 from the Burgundian writer Gaston Roupnel. Henri Richard received his Oenology diploma in 1939, and took care of the Domaine until 1977, succeeded by son-in-law Jean Bastien, then daughter Margaret in 1990.

The continuity of Domaine Henri Richard is now assured by the fourth generation, Sarah Bastien, daughter of Margaret and Jean, together with her partner Guillaume Berthier. Wine runs in her blood: Sarah recently joined the domain with a Masters degree in Wine Knowledge and International Trade.


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