This cuvée is an obvious step up in depth/material vs the “regular” Vosne villages. Jean-Pierre has another idiosyncratic practice here that I have not seen/heard of before: he goes around and marks the oldest vines, roughly 70 years+, in their Vosne villages parcels with an X, harvesting those individual plants separately from the other vines in said parcels (the non-X selected fruit goes into the corresponding “regular” Vosne villages). The result is night and day different in the intensity, complexity, and depth, as this is 1er cru quality and then some. The 2018 wasn’t fully in place when I tasted it, but its sense of depth and stuffing is undeniable. This is for all intents and purposes a 1er cru in all but name, as its price reflects as well…..a little * awarded here. Indeed, the aptlly named Charmes of Vosne, in full effect….
“This really has the imperial purple robe, indeed the quality throughout is astonishing, a big step up from the regular village Vosne-Romanée. A wealth of flowers mixed in with the fruit which hovers between red and black, followed by the mineral crunch associated with Jean-Pierre Guyon’s winemaking. This is so sensual and has exceptional length. Gorgeous wine. Tasted: November 2018. ” 93 Jasper Morris
“Guyon walks the old-vine parcels that produce this cuvée a day or two before harvest, selecting grapes by taste and marking which vines to pick and which to relegate to the regular Vosne-Romanée. The ensuing 2017 Vosne-Romanée Les Charmes de Mazières is outstanding, unfurling in the glass with a deep but reserved bouquet of wild berries, rose petal, cinnamon, incense and orange rind. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied and deeper, more concentrated and more layered than the regular Vosne, framed by fine chewy tannins that will need some time. It’s a wine that transcends the vintage.” 91-93 William Kelley