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Vieux Chateau Mazerat takes its name from the Mazerat sector in St. Emilion where the vines are located. Owned by Jonathan Maltus, and located not too far from Chateau Angelus, this property is also the source used for the Bordeaux wine produced at Chateau Le Dome.
Jonathan Maltus made his first purchase in the Mazerat sector in 1996. He obtained the rest of the vineyard which is used for the production of Vieux Chateau Mazerat in 2008.
Vieux Chateau Mazerat Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
In the larger section, which is where the majority of the vineyard is located, the terroir is clay over limestone soil. Here, you also find some very impressive old vines which date all the way back to 1947.
The smaller second of their vineyards is located just between Chateau Angelus and the now famous vineyard of Jonathan Maltus used to produce Le Dome. That terroir is sand and Crasse de Fer soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,795 vines per hectare.
Because no actual cellars or chateau for Vieux Chateau Mazerat, the wine of Vieux Chateau Mazerat is made at their other estate, Chateau Teyssier.
Everything moves by gravity in the modern cellars at Chateau Teyssier. Vinification takes place in temperature controlled wood vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel and the wine is aged in an average of 80% new, French oak barrels.
The final blend here often varies from vintage to vintage with Vieux Chateau Mazerat. For example, the 2009 is 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, while other years have blends that are closer to the actual plantings of the vineyard. The production is less than 2,000 cases of wine per year.
When to Drink Vieux Chateau Mazerat, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Vieux Chateau Mazerat is better with at least 6-8 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Vieux Chateau Mazerat is best enjoyed in the first 8-25 years of life.
Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 – 2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving Vieux Chateau Mazerat with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Vieux Chateau Mazerat is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Vieux Chateau Mazerat is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Vieux Chateau Mazerat is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Vieux Chateau Mazerat is a powerful, strong, minerality driven Bordeaux wine from Saint Emilion that requires time in the cellar to show its best.
Vieux Château Mazerat Wine Tasting Notes
11 Vintages 39,236 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Spicy roasted plums, caramel and espresso join forces with intensive minerality. The salty tannins add complexity and structure but before you can enjoy all the ripe, juicy red fruits, flowers, licorice and espresso, you are going to need to age this for at least a decade. The wine is a blend of 65% Merlot with 35% Cabernet Franc. 92-94 Pts
2,073 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Dark red fruits meld with licorice, forest, espresso bean and smoky vanilla bean, all readily rising to the surface. This wine is on the elegant side with leafy, floral nuances and a touch of sea salt in the tannins.
1,623 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Deep in color with smoky vanilla bean, black plum with a whip of licorice on top, this wine is rich, full bodied and intense. There is concentration, depth and freshness. The wine was made from a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc and the fruit comes from a single lieu-dit.
1,514 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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.
1,923 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Mineral driven with crisp, ripe, red fruits and a crushed limestone character, this wine will need sufficient time to come together. 90-91 Pts
1,990 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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 % alcohol with a pH of 3.69. The wine is aging in 80% new French oak. 89-91 Pts
1,553 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2014
|2012||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
According to Jonathan Maltus, the final blend is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, which produced a wine that reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.79. Very spicy in this vintage, with a structured, floral, firm, mineral-driven style, the wine offers a lot fennel, coffee and black jammy raspberries in the finish. 91-93 Pts
3,071 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc create a wine that is deep in color. With jammy black raspberry and stone, this intense wine is packed with minerality, iron and black cherry. Full bodied, severe, mineral driven and structured, the wine ends with coffee bean and black cherry. 89-91 Pts
3,072 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2010||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Vieux Chateau Mazerat 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 91-93 Pts
4,949 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
2009 Vieux Chateau Mazeret is deeply colored with a strong mineral presence. From 65% merlot and the remainder cabernet franc, this limestone based wine feels like pure stone and fruit, coupled with licorice, dark berries, chocolate, and cherries. 89-91 Pts
6,212 Views Tasted Jun 29, 2010
|2008||Vieux Château Mazerat (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice,plums, minerality spice and red fruits. Lots freshness and a rich, round, ripe, plum and anise finish.
5,684 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2011
08 Vieux Chateau Mazerat comes from Mazerat, a sector that abuts Chateau Angelus. 2008 marks the debut for this wine. With 65% merlot and 35% cabernet franc, from some vines almost 60 years old, this floral, mineral, smoky, dark fruited wine is nicely concentrated. It finishes with plush sensations of boysenberry and dark, black cherry. 90-93 Pts
5,572 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2009