In a nutshell: A quite refined old vine Côte de Nuits Burgundy from a small, but highly regarded domaine.
The lowdown: Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the most famous wine producing villaged of the northern part of the Côte d'Or which is from where the most pinot noirs come from. Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini are Gevrey-Chambertn specialist and prode a number of sought after cuvées from here with their Vieilles Vignes cuvée being one of their reliable stand outs. Great care is taken of the fruit at all stages of development and after fermentation it's matured in oak barrels, 30% of which are new, for around 18 months andf the total produciton is tiny, being not much more than 6,000 bottles in total. The 2012 is a really well mannered wine with a real elegance and complexity on the palate. It's full of ripe red fruits which are well balanced by warm spices and a characteristic earthy note. And the finish is long and cultured.
When to drink: Having acquired a few years bottle age this is just right for drinking now and will be very rewarding alongside feathered game dishes.
Florence, from Burgundy, and Simon, from Champagne, started Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini with the first vintage in 2012 after having worked on the family vineyard in Gevrey-Chambertain. The current estate covers 5.5ha spread across the villages of Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertain.
The couple are keen to express their shared modern and dynamic take on wine while still upholding the family winemaking tradition. Respecting the region's soils and natural environment by using, for example environmentally friendly pest control, and with every action taken researched from vine to cellar.
Starting from the 2017 vintage their vineyards have been certified organic and as a further development they're in the process of converting to biodynamic. Their excellent wines truly express the range of different climats they originate from.