Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2016

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grapes sourced from growers in the Les Mazis-Haut are blended in with the production of Bernstein’s own vines in Les Mazis-Bas. Soil composition in Les Mazis- Haut is partly alluvial, partly scree and some tens of centimeters deep; rocks are of bathonien origin. Les Mazis-Bas has clay-limestone soils in varying proportions; the marl and limestone belong to the Jurassic period, and numerous marine fossils can be found on the surface.

    • Vineyards: Les Mazis-Haut, Les Mazis-Bas
    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”)
    • Viticulture: Two green harvests during the summer; sustainably farmed
    • Size: 8.79 hectares (21.7 acres)
    • Vine Age: Up to 80 years
    • Elevation: 340 meters (1,115 feet)
    • Exposure: East/southeast
    • Density: 10,000 vines/ha
  • Vintage Report

    • Despite a mild winter, 2016 was a relatively late vintage. The conditions in the vineyards were complicated and the 130 millimeters (5.12 inches) of rainfall in May didn’t make it any easier. The hard work put forth in the vineyards paid off, and the property was able to grow healthy and ripe grapes. Once again, the essential took place in the vineyards. Luck was on their side as well, because the frost episode, which ravaged a large part of Burgundy the morning of April 27, spared their vines, allowing them to have a harvest almost identical to 2015.

      Summer only began toward mid-July, but the abundant sunshine combined with cool nights permitted Bernstein to slowly obtain, without intense heat, a beautiful phenolic maturity while preserving the acidity. This is everything a Pinot Noir loves about Burgundy.

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  • Olivier Bernstein Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2016 – Wine Spectator – 97 Points

    This red starts out silky, gaining depth and intensity as it builds to a long, muscular finish. Concentrated yet fluid, tannic yet balanced, framing black cherry, black currant, iron, tobacco and spice flavors. Shows excellent potential. I think we have a tiger by the tail here. Best from 2023 through 2045.

  • Olivier Bernstein Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2016 – Vinous – 94-96 Points

    Dark red-ruby. Wild but reticent nose offers scents of black raspberry, spices, game, coffee and mint. Then wonderfully rich and surprisingly sweet in the mouth, with a deep core of dark berry, Asian spice and licorice flavors accented by a tangy pep

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