Robert Parker – 96
“Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Mazoyères Chambertin Grand Cru has a glorious bouquet with red and black fruit, sous bois and pressed rose petal aromas that seem to flourish in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy red berry fruit laced with white pepper and orange peel. I appreciate the cohesion and length of this grand cru, one filled with panache to the last sip. This is a brilliant performance from Taupenot-Merme and it totally outclassed the Charmes-Chambertin tasted alongside. Tasted September 2017.”
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2040
JancisRobinson.com – 18
Super savoury and refreshing. Lovely sweet start and then great lively finish. Great appeal for its combination of depth and refreshment. Fine tannins on the end.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2040
Vinous – 92-94
(from millerandé vines planted just after World War II; Taupenot noted that these vines could carry 13 or 14 bunches of grapes and still not produce 35 hectoliters per hectare owing to the tiny berries): Healthy medium red. Much wilder on the nose than the Charmes, offering scents of dark raspberry, smoke, game and earth. Fat and sweet in the mouth; more saline and earthbound than the higher-pitched Charmes but plush and seamless. Very deep, dense, sweet and long, finishing with fine-grained tannins that are even plusher than those of the Charmes. Taupenot told me that my sample was more smoky and less floral than usual for this cuvée.