Vieux Château Mazerat, Saint Emilion Grand Cru

VIEUX CHATEAU MAZERAT is our latest purchase, and one that we’re really proud to own. In 1996 we bought the vineyard that is LE DOME from VIEUX CHATEAU MAZERAT, so to have the chance to purchase the mother-vineyard twelve years on was a great opportunity. It is for this reason that VIEUX CHATEAU MAZERAT’s label is the reverse of LE DOME’s – Ying and Yang.

Factsheet Reviews Purchase

2015

Matthew Jukes

18.5+

“This is a stunningly beautiful wine which revels in its situation sitting between Canon and Angélus. The nose is heavenly and the palate is wonderfully buoyant with amazing texture and a heroic finish. This is without doubt the finest Vieux Château Mazerat of all time. The finish is almost as gripping and the scent. I had to defer tasting Le Dôme for a good five minutes to allow the finish to subside. “

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

95-97 PTS

“This is an impressively perfumed wine, with fragrant black fruits and rich tannins moving together. It has a sumptuous character, powered by fruit as much as by tannins. It is a very fine, rich and dense wine that will age well.”

Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor

18-19/20 PTS

“The top Merlot cuvée in the Jonathan Maltus portfolio, from up on the plateau, close to Château Angélus. The blend as ever is 65% Merlot, picked October 6th, with a healthy dollop of old Cabernet Franc, planted in 1947, accounting for the remaining 35%. The Cabernet was picked on October 12th. The alcohol is 14.7%, the acidity 3.08 g/l. Real depth and interest here, the nose showing a little roasted black cherry pit, blackcurrant, toasted almonds, toasted pips and scents of black tea too. Alongside, there is a perfumed, floral note, presumably the Cabernet coming through. A very convincing palate, a massive step up from Les Astéries, pure, fresh, energetic, with cocoa bean and cherry stone fruit, and dry dark chocolate. When I taste wines of this sort of quality, I can understand why some have drawn comparisons between this vintage and 2005, 2009 or 2010. A huge confidence, great breadth, but also a wonderful frame and definition, right through to the finish. Top of the class; I think I like the balanced contribution from both varieties here, bringing complexity, texture, depth of flavour but also freshness. A remarkable wine.”

Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider

92-94 PTS

 “Showing a mineral-driven personality with a distinctive, stony edge, this wine has saline tannins, silky textures and real density in the finish. This is a wine to age.”

James Lawther Mw, Decanter

93 PTS

“A Jonathan Maltus (Le Dôme) wine from a parcel touching Angélus. Fine, opulent texture masks a big tannic frame. Powerful and long on the finish. A strapping wine that should age.”

Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

91-93 PTS

“The 2015 Vieux Château Mazerat, which you could view as Jonathan Maltus' "second in command" after Le Dôme, is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc picked on October 6 and 12 respectively, and matured in 80% new oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet with black cherry, bilberry and cold stone, a floral note emerging after a minute in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied but there is more fatness and density here compared to Jonathan's other 2015 single parcel offerings from Le Pontet and Le Carré. Plenty of "rondeur" here, perhaps because the pH is just a little higher, the finish well balanced, clean and fresh. I look forward to retasting this in bottle. Drink 2019-35.”

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

89-92 PTS

“This has some heft, thanks in part to a wall of toasty vanilla and ganache, yet there’s ample density to the core of plum and currant fruit. The tannins are velvety, as per the vintage. Just need to see if this can handle its oak.”

James Suckling

90-91 PTS

“Soft and delicious young red with plum and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body. Showing a mineral-driven personality with a distinctive, stony edge, this wine has saline tannins, silky textures and real density in the finish. This is a wine to age.”

2014

Wine Enthusiast En Primeur - Roger Voss

94-96 POINTS

“Barrel Sample. This is a rich, powerful and classically ripe wine. Full on the palate, it has a strong structure that is balanced by generous black fruits. There is just a hint of wood at the moment, but it's the fruit concentration that really sings.”

The Wine Doctor En Primeur - Chris Kissack

16-17/20 POINTS

“A very expressive nose here, quite dense and savoury with spiced fruits, all dark and reserved. It has a perfumed palate, filled with rose petals and peonies too, supple and quite polished, textured and quite grippy. It is broad, with quite a firm shell on the outside, and wrapped around this some floral fruit, with a spicy tannic backbone, and fresh acids giving balance. This is firm but very primary, with a great tannic grip in the finish.”

The Wine Advocate En Primeur - Neal Martin

90-92 POINTS

“The Vieux Château Mazerat 2014 is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc that touches Angélus and Canon in places. Now here we have fine mineralité on the nose, the Cabernet Franc (planted in 1947) really imparting the complexity into the aromatics, lending a sense of energy. Returning to my glass after 10 minutes the aromatics really start to motor with hints of dark chocolate joining the chorus line. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, a keen line of acidity, a pleasant symmetry and a pleasant touch of tart cherry on the slightly rigid finish. Afford this several years in bottle to mellow.”

Vinous En Primeur - Antonio Galloni

91-94 POINTS

“The 2014 Vieux Château Mazerat is the most obvious and powerful wine in Jonathan Malthus's range. A huge, dark wine, the 2014 displays notable breadth and resonance throughout. Black cherries, smoke and new leather emerge, but only with great reluctance. In fact, the 2014 shuts down rather quickly in the glass, which is probably a good sign for the future. The blend is 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc.”

2013

Wine Enthusiast, Barrel Sample, Roger Voss

“94-96: Big, bold and ripe, this is a full wine that has a full structure and dense tannins. Dark and powerful, with dark chocolate and blackberry fruit flavors, it is balanced but asking for serious aging. — R.V. (4/1/2014)”

Wine Spectator, Barrel Sample

89-92 POINTS

“Offers a fresh mix of cassis, plum and cherry fruit, lined with subtle singed spice and apple wood. Shows nice flesh and integration already. —J.M

Wine Advocate, Neal Martin

91-93 POINTS

“The Vieux Château Mazaret is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc picked on 14 and 17 October. There is plenty of dark berry, black plum fruit on the nose that is quite sensual and well defined. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced with velvety tannins. This is very focused with good tension and a poised finish. This might be Jonathan Maltus’s best wine this year. Tasted April 2014. ”

James Suckling, in Barrel tasting

88-89 POINTS

“A fresh, clean red with berry and cedar character. Medium body, bright finish.”

Matthew Jukes, En Primeur 2013

POINTS 17+

“Lovely, calm, earthy fruit with great purity and depth but, like its stablemate Le Dôme, the fruit and tannins are intense, bright and yet not ponderous or intrusive. I cannot see the 80% new oak on account of how well it is integrated into the whole.”

The Wine Doctor, Chris Kissack

15.5-16.5/20 POINTS

“The nose here is enticing, full of broad and ripe character, black raspberry, dark chocolate, some coffee ground and a little touch of currant. A very plush and broad start to the palate, plenty of substance, beautiful seamless texture, with ripe, velvety tannin beneath the fruit. Broad, spicy, cherry and dark chocolate. The palate has a taut, grippy structure, great balance, with fine and velvety tannins, and a supple substance. Very correct, composed, seamless, with fine structure.”

The Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff Leve

89-91 POINTS

“Black licorice, coffee bean, vanilla, mint and smoke transition to an interesting, fresh and stony layer of blackberries in the finish. Blending 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 12.8 % and a pH of 3.69. The wine is aged in 80% new French oak.”

Richard Hemming, Jancis Robinson

17/20 POINTS

“65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc. Fleshy and generous, plenty of smoky oak character too. Gets the combination of generosity and savoury smokiness too. Well oaked – gives just enough without intruding. Drink 2017-2027.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous

89-92 POINTS

“The 2013 Vieux Château Mazerat is one of the bigger, richer, more powerful wines of the vintage. Layers of dark fruit, spices and new leather flesh out in a rich, ample wine endowed with tons of depth and pure richness. The blend is 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc.”

Robert Parker, Barrel sample

POINTS 90-92

“Vieux Chateau Mazerat’s brilliant 2013 emerges from a tiny, clay and limestone-based vineyard near such stars as Chateau Angelus and Canon. Much of this vineyard was planted in 1947. The 2013, a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, was made from tiny yields with no more than four bunches of grapes per vine, and even those showed a lot of shatter and millerandage (the falling of berries from poor weather during the flowering). This deep ruby/purple-colored 2013 reveals serious minerality as well as lots of dense mulberry and black cherry fruit, incense and graphite characteristics. Medium-bodied with excellent depth, texture and richness, it should be drinkable upon release, and last for 10-12 years thereafter.”

2012

Antonio Galloni, VINOUS ‘Best of the best list’

95 POINTS

“The 2012 Vieux Chateau Mazerat is soft, sensual and nicely layered in the glass, with plenty of bold, red-fleshed fruit, expressive aromatics and a totally sensual, inviting personality. The most refined and polished of Jonathan Maltus's wines, Vieux Château Mazerat is less explosive than most of the other selections in the range. Instead, Vieux Château Mazerat makes its case with finesse. Mazerat, a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc from a site planted on clay over limestone, is a fabulous example of the modern style of Saint Emilion. It is also the hidden gem in this range.” - Antonio Galloni 

Robert Parker In Bottle Review

94 POINTS

“Another single vineyard wine from the high-rent district, surrounded by Canon, Angélus and Beauséjour-Duffau, Jonathan Malthus’ inky ruby/purple 2012 is wonderfully concentrated with a boatload of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intermixed with licorice, vanillin, and spice. Some underlying minerality buttresses the wine’s medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. The tannins are sweet and soft, and the wine very impressive. Drink this blend of 66% Merlot and 34% Cabernet Franc over the next 15 or more years. Robert Parker.”

Robert Parker, barrel samples

POINTS 92-94

“Mulberry, black cherry, kirsch, lavender, spring flower and crushed chalk-like notes emerge from this well-endowed, medium to full-bodied, rich, fragrant wine that displays both nobility and raciness. The tannins are apparent in this big, impressively endowed 2012. It should drink well for 15-20 years. There is the famed Vieux Chateau Certan (known by wine geeks as VCC) and now there is VCM from Jonathan Maltus. Surrounded on three sides by the famous Chateau Canon and near to both Angelus and Beausejour-Duffau, Vieux Chateau Mazerat tends to be about two-thirds Merlot and one-third Cabernet Franc (from vines planted in 1947).”

Decanter

POINTS 17.5/20 (91/100)

“Vigorous, structured wine showing intense minerality. Tremendous depth of fruit. Tight, firm structure. Long, fresh finish. Don't be in a rush. Drink: 2022 – 2030 Taster: James Lawther MW”

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss

POINTS 90-92

“The Vieux Chateau Mazerat has a fine fresh vibrant bouquet with dark cherry, boysenberry and wilted violets with very good lift and brightness. The palate is grippy, ripe and a little more exotic than Les Asteries with a pleasant salty tang. It just needs a little more precision on the finish that has good grip and I hope will develop a touch more flesh when in bottle. Tasted April 2013.”

Stephen Tanzer

POINTS 88-90

“(60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc): Deep ruby. Pepper and coffee nuances complicate rich cassis and violet aromas. Big and dense on the palate, but with harmonious acidity enlivening and lifting this strapping wine's very deep, brooding red and dark fruit flavors. The long finish features rising tannins. Looks like another winner from this estate. Vieux Chateau Mazerat's cabernet franc was planted in 1947, so these vines are among the rare ones on the Right Bank that managed to survive the killer frost of '56.”

James Suckling - In Bottle

90 POINTS

A delicate and fruity red with silky tannins and a juicy palate. Medium to full body, fine tannins and an attractive finish. Try in 2016 but very good now.”

2011

Wine Spectator

POINTS 87–90

Soft but focused, with gentle toast framing blueberry and plum fruit. Nice open feel through the finish.” —J.M.

Wine Enthusiast in Bottle

95 POINTS

“This powerful wine comes from a superbly sited vineyard in the heart of Saint-Emilion. It is concentrated with huge tannins laced with black plum juice, dark berries and a dense, brooding character. A powerhouse of both fruit and tannin, it needs to age. Drink from 2018. Cellar Selection.” —R.V

Wine Enthusiast

POINTS 92–94

“A powerful wine, with dark fruits and structured tannins. Impressively rich, it is dense and black in character.” —R.V.

Jane Anson, South China Morning Post

POINTS 93

“Maltus says at this point in the tasting, 'We are strong on colour, we like colour', and it clearly shows here! 12 day soaks at under 6 degrees centrigrade, for colour and fruit without tannins. Two rack and returns, four small pump overs. They also have a turbo pigeage machine that is like a rack and return, but everything takes place internally to retain freshness. Rich, dark, deep, coffee, he's just run right over the constraints of the 2011s. Beep beep! Clay over limestone. 1200 cases. It works, but for different reasons than Le Carre.”

Decanter

FOUR STARS

“Dense and vibrant. Lovely purity of fruit. Lively and fresh (35% Cabernet Franc) on the palate. Lift and elegance this year. Drink 2018-2030. (17.5 points)”

Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor

POINTS 16-17/20

“The château that has long been the source of Le Dôme. Roasted nut overtones on top of the dark fruits here. A very harmonious character, very deep and concentrated but again in keeping with the house style the fruit is pure, harmonious and not over-worked. Rich and ripe but certainly no softness here, there is a tense grip of tannins beneath the substance of the wine. This has an admirable substance, muscular in terms of its composition, but in no way over the top or out of balance. Impressive.”

Robert Parker, in Bottle Tasting

POINTS 93

“A spectacular effort from Jonathan Maltus, this inky/purple-colored, complex 2011 (made from 60-year-old vines and a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) offers up notes of graphite, sweet blackberry and cassis, and hints of earth, espresso, spice and chocolate. Already drinking well, this rich, layered, full-bodied St.-Emilion was cropped at a low 30 hectoliters per hectare. It can be enjoyed now and over the next decade.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

POINTS 92-95

“The 2011 boasts a black/purple hue (like many of Jonathan Maltus’s wines in 2011), terrific intensity, a skyscraper-like mouthfeel, and multidimensional flavors of creme de cassis, kirsch, licorice, toast, chocolate and spicy oak. It is a big, dense, thick, full-bodied St.-Emilion that is nearly atypical for the vintage. No doubt the old vines and tiny yields had a significant influence on the formation of this wine. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25+. From a vineyard planted in 1947 on clay and limestone soils, this 1,500-case blend of two-thirds Merlot and one-third Cabernet Franc is a blockbuster for the vintage. It was harvested between September 26 and October 3.”

Tim Atkin MW

POINTS 93

“Reunited as one property since 2008, this is another finely balanced wine from Jonathan Maltus, although it is arguably less of a bargain than Laforge. Spice and chocolate on the nose, sweet oak, some Asian spices and good lift and depth of tannin, this is a very well judged wine, marshalling the vintage with no little skill. 10+ years.”

Stephen Tanzer's Int. Wine Cellar

POINTS 91-94

“(65% merlot, and 35% cabernet franc): Deep ruby. Red cherry, blackberry and black pepper on the nose. Big, rich and dense, with red cherry and black cherry coating the mouth. The unctuous, chocolatey finish shows juicy acidity and a lovely uplifting floral note. The well-placed vines on clay-and-limestone soil are surrounded on three sides by those of Canon, Angelus and Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse. Jonathan Maltus told me the cabernet franc is from 1947, and because it's planted on clay over limestone, it gives the wine a unique mouthfeel and will require time and patience. This is a truly outstanding VCM, and one of the real successes of the 2011 vintage.”

2010

Decanter

FIVE STARS

“Back to the winning ways of the first (’08) vintage. Intense, complex – violet, red fruit and spice aromas. Lovely depth of fruit on the palate - rich, round and caressing. Tannins ripe but present. Long, fresh finish. 2018-2030.”

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

POINTS 92-94

“From a tiny parcel of old vines east of the more well-known Angelus estate, near Beausejour-Duffau, Jonathan Maltus produces this limited production blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The dense purple-hued 2010 possesses a crisp bouquet of blue, red and black fruits, crushed rocks, spring flowers and background oak. Full-bodied, powerful and dense, it is no doubt meant for long-term cellaring, so forget it for 2-3 years and drink it over the following two decades. Drink: 2013/33.”

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

POINTS 90-92+

“A blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. There are some attractive floral aspects on the nose with dark cherries, boysenberry and a touch of wild hedgerow with very fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannins on the entry, silky smooth with good acidity, firm grip, very refined and elegant towards the finish. This needs a little time to coalesce, a little chunky at the moment.”

Wine Cellar Insider

POINTS 91-93

“65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, the Cabernet Franc is from vines planted in 1947, the wine reached 14.3% alcohol in this vintage. Licorice, floral, black raspberry, earth and mocha scents are easy to find. The round, soft wine finishes with sweet black cherry, oak and licorice.”

Jane Anson, South China Morning Post

POINTS 94+

“Wonderful violet rim, hugely concentrated wine, from vines that touch Chateau Angelus up on the limestone plateau. The blend is 65% merlot and 35% cab franc on clay over limestone. On the palate also there are violet edges, playing nicely off herbal notes that make the overall experience savory. Good concentration. Very successful. Drink 2018-2032.”

Wine Enthusiast

POINTS 93–95

“Great structured wine, with violet aromas and a lovely texture. There is a powerful center surrounded by darkly structured black fruits.” –R.V.

Wine Spectator

POINTS 91-94

“This shows a little more heft, with muscular blueberry, fig and blackberry confiture notes inlaid with roasted apple wood and espresso hints. Shows a pure beam of fruit through the finish.” —J.M.

Wine Spectator in Bottle March 2013

POINTS 93

“A very racy style, with bright raspberry, kirsch and mulled strawberry notes lined with lots of intense, chalky structure. Floral, bergamot and cherry pit notes enter on the finish, with the fruit slowly filling in at the end. When this pulls itself together, it will be a very minerally, stylish expression of St.-Emilion. Best from 2015 through 2030.” - JM

Neal Martin, in Bottle

91 POINTS

“The Vieux Château Mazerat has a tightly coiled bouquet with dark cherries, blueberry and a touch of liquorice. It is more introverted than the Les Asteries. The entry is tannic and masculine, firm grip, a little dry and perhaps a touch disjointed although it should flesh out with time. It is a little brutal at the moment but it should age nicely. The Cabernet Franc is very expressive here and it may deserve a higher score later in its life. tasted in November 2012.”

Wine Enthusiast in bottle

95 POINTS

“This a big and smoky wine that's very concentrated. It shows both the power and the structure of the vintage, as well as balances fresh, fragrant fruit. Dry tannins and the dusty texture are finaly integrated into a wine that layers wood, intense acidity and great long-term potential. World's End LLC. Cellar Selection. R.V”

Robert Parker en bouteille

95+ POINTS

“This is one of the tightest, most backward wines in the Jonathan Maltus portfolio. The grapes come from an old-vine parcel near Angelus and Beausejour-Duffau, and the final product is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. Again displaying plenty of minerality, which seems to be a prevailing theme throughout the 2010s from Maltus, the 2010 Vieux Chateau Mazerat is full-bodied, with an abundance of floral notes as well as black currant and blackberry fruit. Impressively endowed and built like a skyscraper, this full-bodied wine needs a good 7-8 years of cellaring and should keep for 25-30 years. Interestingly, the vines were planted in 1947.”

2009

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

POINTS 91-93

“This property was purchased several years ago by Jonathan Maltus, and the wine is composed of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The 2009's beautiful aromas of flowers, cranberries, white chocolate, and spice are followed by a fleshy, deep, elegant, precise, vibrant wine that should drink well for 15+ years.”

Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

89-91 POINTS

With the Merlot picked on 11th October and Cabernet Franc on 15th October, a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the Vieux Chateau Mazerat has a lifted ripe, well defined nose of macerated black cherries, violets, raspberry and a touch of chalk. The palate is full-bodied with a smooth, quite voluptuous entry, firm grip and tannic structure but well balanced. Dense and with weight towards the finish that displays a lot of new oak at the moment. Tasted March 2010”

Jane Anson, South China Morning Post

POINTS 97-98

“4 hectare plot. 3 hectares on the right of Angelus, one hectare on the left, each touching Angelus. This has such tingling tannins, incredibly well integrated. A stunning wine, this has wonderful length, gathering strength as it goes but without ever tipping over into over-extraction. Delicate finish. This has unbelievable balance. All alcohol levels around 14-14.5 for the reds this year. Blend here of 40% cabernet franc, 60% merlot. The extra parcel of merlot over sand and crasse de fer gives a gentle rendition of the Merlot grape that softens the whole wine. Beautiful texture.”

Weinwisser

“2009 Vieux Château Mazerat POINTS 18/20: 65 % Merlot, 35 % Cabernet Franc, 18000 bottles. Extremely dark purple with lilac and violet reflects. Intense ripe dark fruit, at the same time blackberry body, fine creamy in the beginning and with a complex fullness, behind notes of palisander and teakwood. On the palate a wonderful ‘Beauté’, creamy, smooth and with extreme charm thanks to the very fine tannins. Jonathan Maltus proves here that his wines don’t need an Australian accent – nothing is missing. 2013-2026”

Decanter Magazine

FOUR STARS

“Powerful and concentrated. Built for ageing. Rich, dense extract. Dark fruit, spice and liquorish notes. Layered fruit on the palate with vigorous but suavely textured tannins. Perhaps a touch less elegance than 2008. Drink 2018-2030.”

Wine Spectator

POINTS 90-93

“Very grapey on the nose, with mineral and spearmint too. Black licorice. Full and velvety. Chewy. Lots going on.” —J.S.

Wine Enthusiast

POINTS 91–93

“Dark and tannic, very smoky. Perfumed fruits go with oak and a complex structure. The Cabernet tannins are rounded out by juicy Merlot. The alcohol shows in a touch of pepper.” - R.V

Bettane & Dessauve

“Jonathan Maltus was already the owner of Le Dome when he decided to link it up to its original Chateau. This is the reason why he bought the entire Vieux Chateau Mazerat in 2008. 2009 is therefore his second vintage. The Chateau consists in two parcels, one neighbouring Beausejour and Angelus in the vicinity of the village of Saint-Emilion, on majorly limestone soils, the other one situated on a more sandy terroir. Given its privileged geographical situation, at the western side of the village, its ambition to pretend to classification is huge. Le Dome, neighbouring Chateau Angelus is a barely three hectares vineyard with a majority of Cabernet Franc. This wine is regularly praised by the Anglo-Saxon critics.”

Robert Parker (in bottle)

POINTS 97+

“A blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc from vines in clay over limestone planted in 1947, this wine exhibits loads of chalky minerality and a stunning nose of espresso, blackberry, mulberry and kirsch. Elegant, with superb definition and a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, this effort has put on considerable weight since I tasted it from barrel. Unfortunately, the production is under 1,500 cases. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2032.”

Wine Enthusiast (in bottle)

POINTS 94

“A wine that shows structure, richness and warmth. It has such ripe black fruits with generous tannins, concentrated texture and acidity. It is melding into a floral, spicy, opulent whole.” — RV

Derek Smedley, MW

POINTS 96

“There is the charm of fragrant forest violets on the nose behind which is a fruit salad of black fruits. Cassis and black cherry are ripe and sweet, the tannins supple and rounded with towards the back the richness of dark chocolate and coffee. The freshness of the nose is apparent on the finish, sleek and elegant.”

2008

Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss

POINTS 93-95

“From a small property, on one of the best sites in Saint-Emilion, this newly released wine is powerful, dense, compact and has dark tannins as well as an impressive richness. It is full, firm and solid.”

Decanter 2008 - Bordeaux 2008 Tasting Note

POINTS 18.5

“Only three Château were awarded the magic five stars in Saint Emilion this year - Chateau Cheval-Blanc, Chateau Ausone and Vieux Chateau Mazeret. This new wine from Jonathan Maltus of Chateau Teyssier is stamped with class. Fragrant, complex with beautifully extracted fruit and fine texture and tannins. Power and elegance as well as a sense of place. Old vine fruit from a top terroir close to the town of Saint-Emilion. Drink 2016-2028.”

Derek Smedley MW

“The latest addition to the Maltus portfolio and judging by the complexity of flavour it is a very good addition. The higher percentage of Cabernet Franc gives it herbal freshness; bilberry is very much in evidence. It is rich and ripe at the start with underneath a backbone of freshness giving it a really classic feel.”

Jane Anson

POINTS 93-94

“When Maltus bought le Dome in 96, it was a part of Vieux Chateau Mazerat. He then bought the whole place in 2008. Located near Chateau Angelus, and close to Chateau Canon, the terroir is clay over limestone, with bits of the cabernet franc is on the sand, and some vines dating back to 1947. 65% merlot, 35% cab franc. This has a wonderful depth of flavour, nothing jarring in any of these. My only downside would be maybe it could have a little more freshness, a little more lift at the end but it is a very satisfying wine.”

Neal Martin

POINTS 90-92

“In 1996 when JM bought Le Dome, to the right of Angelus in front of Beausejour-Lagarosse on clay over limestone, 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. This has a well defined nose, dark cherries, violets, crème de menthe and cassis. The palate is full-bodied with very fine tannins, good weight, very pure with touches of blackberry, crushed stones, a touch of cassis and blueberry. Focused towards the finish that lacquers the mouth with fine tannins. Excellent. Tasted April 2009.”

Robert Parker

POINTS 93-95

“The 2008 was singing marvelously when I tasted it. Inky/purple-colored with full body, excellent concentration, and loads of black fruits intermixed with spring flowers, forest floor, crushed rock, and subtle smoke characteristics, it is a dense, rich, opulent, flamboyant effort with a 45-second finish. This is another example of the brilliant winemaking talents displayed by Jonathan Maltus and his consulting oenologists, Gilles Pauquet and Neil Whyte. The 2008 should drink well for 20+ years. A new acquisition by proprietor Jonathan Maltus, who sold Grand Destieu in order to upgrade to this terroir, this 10-acre vineyard is planted with 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. It is situated near several of the premier grand cru classes of St.-Emilion, including both Beausejours and Angelus.”

Wine Enthusiast

POINTS 93-95

“From a small property, on one of the best sites in Saint-Emilion, this newly released wine is powerful, dense, compact and has dark tannins as well as an impressive richness. It is full, firm and solid.”-R.V.

Robert Parker in bottle

POINTS 92

“The debut vintage under Jonathan Maltus, the 2008 offers sweet black cherry, black currant, licorice and graphite characteristics in a layered, deep wine. Building incrementally on the palate, it exhibits impressive purity, richness and length. Acids are there, but the wine is forward, supple and ideal for drinking now and over the next 10-12 years. Drink: 2011 – 2023.”

VINEYARD

VIEUX CHATEAU MAZERAT is surrounded by CHATEAU CANON on three sides and by CHATEAU ANGELUS on the west. The Vineyard is stuck in the middle of ‘Cru Classé’ territory and faces CHATEAU BEAUSEJOUR DUFFAU LAGAROSSE. The vineyard is a mixture of 35% very old Cabernet Franc vines and 65% Merlot on clay over limestone. The vineyard yield is held down to 30 hectolitres per hectare – around four bunches to the vine.

TECHNICAL

VIEUX CHATEAU MAZERAT receives two to three runs of green harvesting – at fruit set and veraison – ensuring that only the most perfect handpicked berries get into the vats. On arrival at the winery the grapes are sorted – firstly by bunch and then, after destemming, grape by grape. Only conveyors are used to transport the grapes and the wine is fermented in wooden vats after extreme cold maceration. The wines undergo malolactic fermentation in new French oak, and are barrel-aged in an air-conditioned cellar at 18 °C.

ANYTHING UNUSUAL?

David Peppercorn, in his eighties book BORDEAUX, stated that if the then proprietor was to buy some oak barrels there would be no reason why VIEUX CHATEAU MAZERAT shouldn’t be a CRU CLASSE like all of its neighbours. We bought the oak barrels.

WHAT THEY SAY

97+ POINTS, ROBERT PARKER, THE WINE ADVOCATE 

"A blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc from vines in clay over limestone planted in 1947, this wine exhibits loads of chalky minerality and a stunning nose of espresso, blackberry, mulberry and kirsch. Elegant, with superb definition and a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, this effort has put on considerable weight since I tasted it from barrel. Unfortunately, the production is under 1,500 cases. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2032."