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….
“Exceptionally rich purple colour with a paler rim. The bouquet suggests a mass of fruit, which is not quite ready to be delivered yet. This absolutely fills out the middle of the palate and delivers a more classic rendition of Vosne-Romanée with exceptional length. In quite another league from the regular village Vosne. Tasted: November 2020” 92-94 Jasper Morris “Five Star Wine” HIS HIGHEST SCORING VOSNE ROMANÉE VILLAGES OF THE VINTAGE, ABOVE COMTE LIGER BELAIR, MUGNERET GIBOURG ETC…..
“The 2019 Vosne-Romanée Les Charmes de Mazières is very promising, unwinding in the glass with notes of exotic spices, orange oil, dark berries and wilted rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, it’s layered and concentrated, with lively acids and a more reserved profile than the regular Vosne-Romanée. As readers may remember, 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.” 91-93 William Kelley