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Mazis Chambertin..... Grands Echezeaux.....


Yesterday we were invited for dinner to Migry and Pietro. Our friends Oded and Nitza were also there.
Migry prepared an endless array of delicious dishes. From four different kind of appetizers thru mushrooms risotto to stuffed peppers and tomatoes to lamb stew and potato cake, finishing off with a glorious chocolate and nuts cake.
Wonderful tasty and convivial evening. A much needed diversion these trying days.
Oded brought the Mazis Chambertin while I provided the Grands Echezeaux.

Mazis Chambertin 1990 J. Faiveley

10/2001. Brought by Oded.
Mazis Chambertin is - to my taste at least - the best, most consistent wine from Faiveley. Often better than the wine he makes from the (slightly) more illustrious vineyard of Chambertin Clos de Beze.
COLOR: Medium ruby red color, some clearing around the rim.
NOSE: Excellent fruity nose with very nice 'Bourgogne Nose' as a backdrop. Concentrated fleshy and plump, this fully forward nose represents the best of the wonderfully fruity 1990 vintage.
TASTE: Mouthfilling and tasty. Full of ripe red fruit flavors, good winyness, soft acidity and medium-weight constitution.
LENGTH: Medium-long and tasty finish.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium-full bodied, well balanced fruity wine. More flavorful than structured, this wine is a serious (B) in addition to its overall charming and satisfying appearance.
OVERALL: Superb. At or around its peak now.
MARK: 18.5/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.

Grands Echezeaux 1988 Gros Frere & Soeur

10/2001. Bought in London Aug-01 for $87.
Grands Echezeaux, at the hands of a competent producer, can be a sublime wine. In the past I have very much enjoyed the Clos de Vougeot rendition from Gros F&S. Let's see how my newly acquired 1988 Grands Echezeaux from this domaine fare.
COLOR: Medium-light red, noticeable clearing around the rim.
NOSE: Less fruity though not less pronounced nose than the Mazis Chambertin. More complex though with a wide spectrum of secondary aromas.
TASTE: Mouthfilling and truly vibrating on the palate. Again, somewhat less fruity and obvious than the Mazis, but more complex, very well focused wine with an excellent grip and structure.
LENGTH: Really long and reverberating aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium-full bodied, totally matured wine that exhibits the typicity of the well structured 1988 vintage as opposed to the more opulent and fruity 1990 [see the Mazis above]. Ripe fruit is there, but the fine grip, the pure winyness and the good acidity and round tannins make this a more classic, if somewhat less charming, example of a Grand Cru (B).
OVERALL: Very Fine. Drink soon.
MARK: 18/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.

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