In the Mazoyères, we have what is likely the single noblest example of its ilk, perhaps alongside that of Romain’s cousin Christophe Perrot-Minot. This stuff is plain donkey kong good, in deeper, more purple/light black fruits, of an almost explosive velour texturally, with a deep resonance of fruit, mineral, savory, and spice…..this is clearly a holy shitballz kind of a wine, one that very much warrants its pricetag, which is all that one can ask for: to get what you pay for. Pay for a luxury experience, get a luxury experience….After being blown away by both the ’17 and ’16 versions at the estate, I have been able to include a full 4 year vertical for this wine, which is a tremendous opportunity!! If you are of means, I cannot recommend these Mazoyères highly enough, as they will thrill any and all for decades to come…..From a single 60 year old vine parcel, which is a big part of why it possesses such tremendous character and depth. A little * awarded here.
“There is enough wood to merit mentioning present on the interesting nose that blends both upper and lower register aromas together that include the essence of red cherry and lavender that contrasts with plenty of earth, underbrush and sauvage elements. The rich, powerful and relatively robust flavors possess excellent size and weight along with very solid concentration where the abundant amount of dry extract does a fine job of buffering the very firm tannic spine shaping the youthfully austere and impressively long finish. Over the past 5-ish years or so this wine has become the most consistent entry in the Taupenot portfolio and it appears that 2016 will be no exception. (91-94)/2031+” Allan Meadows for the 2016
“Dark red-ruby. Aromas of blueberry, black cherry, licorice and crushed warm stones. Thick but pungently spicy and bright on entry, then more backward and soil-driven in the middle palate than the Charmes-Chambertin. A bit less sweet than the Charmes as well, showing slightly edgy acidity and finishing with a firm tannic spine. This deep, layered wine, which Romain Taupenot believes will ultimate be “stronger” than the Charmes, will require substantial patience.” 91-94 Steve Tanzer for the 2016