Château Mazeyres

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Vine­yards are di­vided into three zones of clay and gravel in the west, sandier soils over clay in the south and more clay fur­ther east. Con­cerned about cli­mate change, di­rec­tor Alain Moueix has in­creased the per­cent­age of Caber­net Franc in the blend and adds some Petit Ver­dot, ‘which has nat­u­rally higher acid­ity’. Since 2013, he has sub­sti­tuted oak for con­crete vats, in­clud­ing eggs, which were first used for the 2015 vin­tage and re­sult in a fresher style of wine. ‘A ver­ti­cal we did ear­lier

this year shows how the last few vin­tages have gained in body and fresh­ness,’ says Moueix, who now runs the es­tate ac­cord­ing to bio­dy­namic prin­ci­ples.

Château Mazeyres 2015 92

£ 19.25 (ib)-£ 39 Corkr, Crump Rich­mond Shaw, Fine & Rare, Mil­lésima The dif­fer­ence com­pared to the 2005 is note­wor­thy. A blend of 74% Mer­lot, with 24% Caber­net Franc and 3% Petit Ver­dot. Al­though ini­tially closed and even steely, two hours of air brought out pleas­ing rasp­berry and plum notes, with just a touch of beef jus. It de­vel­ops into a fine, struc­tured wine marked by eau-de-vie de fram­boise on the fin­ish. Best to wait a few years for op­ti­mal drink­ing.

Drink 2020-2032 Alc 13.5%

Château Mazeyres 2005 87

£ 35 BI Made from 80% Mer­lot and 20% Caber­net Franc, the 2005 seems to have aged rather quickly, with mush­room and earth tak­ing over the fruit. Ready to drink now, yet it lacks the pre­ci­sion, fo­cus and fi­nesse of its 2015 coun­ter­part. Clearly an ex­am­ple where bet­ter se­lec­tion and vat room man­age­ment has im­proved qual­ity. Drink 2018-2022 Alc 13.5%

Alain Moueix

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