Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini

Our vineyard
in the Champagne region

Domaine Heresztyn Mazzini

Wine collection

Ready-to-drink matured wines
for sale

We carefully store the previous years' vintages in our wine cellars in Gevrey-Chambertin.

We can then sell them in a few years time, when they have reached their peak.

2018

Enchanting and surprising


 Winter was really beneficial to the vines, as plentiful rainfall allowed them to rebuild their water resources. These specific climatic conditions meant that bud-break lingered on until mid-April.

Meteorological conditions in May (hot weather and rain) rendered our organic agriculture adventure difficult. Our first experiments in plant-based treatments. in 2017 were continued more intensively in 2018, with preparations of horsetail (equisetum) and fermented plant extracts to ward off mildew attacks in certain parcels of vines.

In June, the weather changed tack. Hot, dry months followed one another through to harvest time (starting on 1st September in Chambolle-Musigny, then 8th September in Gevrey-Chambertin). Vines began to develop very rapidly. Vine flowering occurred rather early, followed quickly by the appearance and development of grape bunches.

The very hot summer forced vines to dig deep into their reserves and allowed them to maintain an exceptional state of healthiness.

Our red wines have quite intense colour. They are well-structured and powerful with rich, smooth tannins while keeping good fruit concentration. It is a vintage full of flavour with well-defined ripeness.


This vintage allowed us to vinify several cuvees with 100% whole bunches.


Wines from grapes in conversion to organic agriculture and biodynamic growing methods

2017

2017, a vintage that has Burgundy enthusiastic

 

After a 2016 crop impacted by springtime frost, our domain and a large part of Burgundy returned to full production levels.

 

The 2017 campaign started early with a quite mild end to winter and start to spring.

In the spring, the vines grew rapidly thanks to favourable climatic conditions (sunshine, heat and beneficial rainfall). Because of this, vine diseases were absent and the number of organic treatments on our domain strictly limited.

By mid-June, most of our parcels had flowered. To avoid flower-shatter during this period in our more aged parcels and in those that had suffered from severe frost attack in 2016, we undertook to carry out several treatments based on fermented plant extracts.

The early nature of the vintage was confirmed, summer saw periods of heatwave or of more varied weather but ripening continued at a very good rythm.

We were to begin harvesting the earliest-ripening parcels from 11th September 2017.

 

For this vintage, our main attention and experiments in biodynamic growing and phyto-therapy concentrated on treatments based on manures or composts of nettle, comfrey and fern. These plants favour vine growth, stimulate natural defences, are anti-fungal and develop the flowering buds. Our other desire was to vinify one cuvee 100 per cent in whole bunches. This chance fell to our Chambolle-Musigny wine.

Grapes produced in organic agriculture

2016

Happy Ending!


The overnight frost that was rife during the night of 26th to 27th April 2016 did enormous damage throughout Burgundy:

Our domain was affected between 40 and 80%, notably in our red and white regional appellations but also our village appellations (Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin).

Thereafter, spring continued with damp and rainy weather provoking incessant attacks of mildew on vines already developing late, already rendered rather fragile... and offering us no respite, neither physical nor mental.

2016 constantly reminded us that Nature would have the last word.

At the end of spring, few of us thought that is vintage would have a happy ending. Good weather settled in at the end of June and did not leave Burgundy again before the harvest. This sunny, dry weather, "out of the blue", allowed some of the delay to be recovered on those vines affected by April frosts and to improve healthy growing conditions in the vineyards. We could FINALLY catch our breath.

It was in this difficult vintage that we began our conversion to organic viticulture, with much apprehension and lots of questions about the future. Our strenght and our commitment to biodynamic growing allowed us to hold firm and continue with what we have believed in several years.

As well as our organic treatments, biodynamic with its tisanes and silica applications allowed us, albeit with unequal weapons, to fight off the strong pressure from mildew and to give ourselves hope.

Harvesting was in three parts (between 27th September and 7th October) so as to best correspond to the ripeness of each parcel.

2015

A great year for Burgundy!


From spring already, the tone for the vintage was set: it would be early. Vine flowering took place in early June, in very favourable weather. Growing season 2015 was marked by exceptional spring and summer climatology. Lovely hot weather; very hot!

The vines adapted well to the heat because they had time to get used to it, from springtime onwards. We had very little scorching of grapes, contrary to the two previous vintages.

The lack of water in July accompanied by several weeks of heat wave considerably slowed down veraison. The precipitations of the month of August allowed veraison to be finished off with serenity, leaving time and space for the grapes to ripen. Ripening was quite quick and gave to the vintage high sugar content and very satisfying levels of acidity; the latter have been well sustained. All these favourable conditions allowed us to begin the harvest in splendid sunshine on 8th September and to finish it with the first drops of rain to fall...

The extremely dry conditions had some consequences in terms of volume for certain of our parcels.

The ideal ripeness of the grapes and the levels of acidity in harmony with aromatic potential allow us to foresee a vintage with perfectly balanced wines.

Our parcel of Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Goulots" has been converted to organic and also biodynamic production.


2014

The 2014 vintage is announced as being promising in Burgundy...It has all the ingredients of a great one!

The hot and dry climatic conditions in the spring suggested an early harvest with the hopes, as last, of a normal crop in terms of volume. However, we were very soon able to detect signs of flower shatter (non-transformation of blossom into fruit) for most of our Gevrey-Chambertin vieilles vignes.

On the 28th June 2014, the Côte de Beaune and then the Côte de Nuits were hit by a violent hailstorm, although the damage was less on the Côte de Nuits. Grapes in one of our parcels in Chambolle-Musigny were well battered. So, for this parcel we were particularly attentive right through to its harvest date.

The summer began with very hot weather and a scorching effect on all the parcels where we had done leaf-thinning, with the berries burnt by the sunlight.

Then the sunshine became more timid, giving way to cool and damp weather. The precocious vintage lost momentum.

At end August, idyllic climatic conditions returned (sunshine accompanied by a northerly breeze) and allowed optimal ripening of grapes through to harvesting.

Ripe grapes, healthy and aromatic, started to arrive at our vat-house from 17th September, in sunshine and goog humor.

The red wines show intense colour, with fruit-rich bouquets. Tannins are pleasant and silky, showing good concentration on the palate, but with great finesse.

Our Bourgogne "Chardonnay" gave us grapes of optimal maturity and, before malo-lactic, was revealing very lovely balance and a character of great precision.

Bottling of our 2014s will be in Spring 2016.

2013

After a complicated and tiring 2012 vintage, 2013 was particularly exhausting. The weather once again played havoc with our nerves.

The spring was cold and quite rainy, which complicated and delayed vine flowering and intensified flower-shatter (notably in our oldest parcels of Gevrey-Chambertin), resulting in variable grape sizes.

With all these difficult climatic conditions throughout 2013, we had to wait a long time for grape ripeness. It was essential to assess harvesting dates as a function of the parcels and their state of health. Due to this, our first secateurs were in use in Chambolle-Musigny on 27th September, then from 29th September in Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey-Saint-Denis.

In the end, 2013 gave us a smaller crop than in 2012.

At our numerous tastings during their ageing, our 2013 red wines showed lovely fruit and great aromatic intensity.

On the palate, they show beautiful balance with great freshness (especially the Gevrey-Chambertin premiers crus) and lots of small, elegant red fruit flavours. Tannins are supple.

Our Morey-Saint-Denis (premier cru and grand cru) are dense, concentrated wines with great fruit.


 

 

2012

2012 marked our estate’s first vintage... and what a year it was!
The capricious weather conditions were trying, with difficult springtime conditions which meant that we faced a constant battle against the vagaries of Mother Nature. Fortunately, the situation improved drastically from August onwards, allowing us to catch our breath as the grapes matured up to the beginning of the harvest.
The harvest began on 23 September 2012, with small teams working our two plots in Chambolle-Musigny.
The 2012 harvest was small with some millerandage, guaranteeing concentrated, intense wines.
To give our wines their structure, we chose to use a higher percentage of whole bunches than that habitually used on the family estate.
This vintage showcases the qualities of Côte de Nuits wines: their elegance, finesse, and aromatic precision accompanied by the fresh flavours of pinot noir.