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2010 Vieux Chateau Mazerat, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Jeff Degner, CSW | Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers

In  1996 Jonathan Maltus started to source some of the grapes from the Mazerat sector in the St. Emilion area of Bordeaux.  It wasn’t until 2008 that he purchased the entire area and produced the first vintage of Vieux Chateau Mazerat.  He was already making the legendary wine called Le Dome from the same vineyard prior to 2008, so it was a foregone conclusion that this would become world class as well.  What makes his wines stand out from others is that he uses a lot more Cabernet Franc in his blend.  Cabernet Franc is the parent of the much more popular Cabernet Sauvignon and is one of the six grapes that can be in a red Bordeaux.  Jonathan will generally use between 30% to 80% of Cabernet Franc in his blend depending on the vintage.  Along with your standard fruit profile, Cabernet Franc will add hints of graphite and green bell pepper.  Because this is a 2010 it already has 8 years of aging.  So, while there are lovely, dark strawberry notes starting to unfold there are also subtle layers of dried floral notes along with a chalky undertone.  This will continue to age nicely for 10-15 more years.

This will pair wonderfully with a grilled burger cooked medium rare.  It worked in the movie Sideways, so why not give it a try?

If you order 6 bottles this will come in a classic wood box that is great for storing your wine!

Varietals

65% Merlot
35% Cabernet Franc

These were all planted between 1947 and 1962

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2010 Vieux Chateau Mazerat, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Country

France

Region

Bordeaux St Emilion

Alcohol Percentage

14.5%

Aging Container

80% New French Oak for 22 months

Soil

Clay over limestone soil

Service Temperature

60° F

Drinking Window

Now thru 2030

Pairing

Grilled Hamburger

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Critical Acclaim

Wine Enthusiast

95

Great structured wine, with violet aromas, a lovely texture. There is a powerful center surrounded by darkly structured black fruits.

Robert Parker

95

This is one of the tightest, most backward wines in the Jonathan Malthus 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 Malthus, 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.

Wine Spectator

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.