Chateau Mazeyres 2016

Pomerol, Bordeaux

The Chateau
Château Mazeyres, located in the heart of Libourne, is intimately linked to the history of Pomerol. Its location is very active and alive in Roman times. Its plateau, then served by two main routes, is used by the poet Ausone to go to the Villa Lucaniac. Remarkable pottery dating from the 3rd century has been found on the site of the Château. They attest to the past existence of a Gallo-Roman villa. The city archives reveal that the culture of the vine in this place dates back to the 14th century.

A magnificent mansion erected under the Directory, Château Mazeyres was acquired at the beginning of the 20th century by the Querre family, who set out to produce a fine and fruity wine, intended for customers of French restaurants. It was in 1988 that the family decided to sell the entire property to the Société Générale Pension Fund, which in 2010 sold it to Sogecap, the life insurance branch of the same banking establishment.

In 1992, Alain Moueix, wine engineer and oenologist, was entrusted with the management of Château Mazeyres. Representing the fourth generation of a notorious family of wine-growers and merchants from Libourne, he brings him his commitment, his expertise and his know-how. Significant increase in surface area, reflection on cultivation, winemaking and aging approaches, lead to the modernization of the facilities. The château has been restored and the quality of the wines has been considerably improved. Mazeyres enters a new wine country. Close links are created with Bordeaux trade which thus contributes to the international influence of Château Mazeyres and has remained loyal to Alain Moueix for more than twenty-five years of concerted work. The essential contribution of biodynamics places the progression of this vineyard in a movement of quality and ascending notoriety. The resulting wines, lively and elegant, are gaining increasing recognition.

The acquisition in 2010 of an additional 4 hectares in the heart of the Pomerol appellation brings the overall surface area of ​​the property to 25.5 hectares cultivated in biodynamics since 2012 and certified since 2018.
The Vintage
The Château Mazeyres 2016 is a rather aerial wine with a lovely colour. On the nose, it develops floral (violet, lilac) and fruity aromas. On the palate, it is supple and full-bodied, offering flavours of alcoholic-soaked black fruit (blackcurrant, blueberry) mixed with more oaky, spicy and empyreumatic notes. The Château Mazeyres 2016 reveals quite a lovely, lengthy finish. Attention: this comment may be brought into question as the wine evolves over time.
The Sommelier notes:
[x] Alain Moueix has been director of the property since 1992. He embodies the cru in all its dimensions. His notorious biodynamic experience at Château Fonroque since 2002, has been extended to Château Mazeyres since 2011.
[x] Three different soils making an impact: FINE CLAYEY GRAVEL, CLAY SANDS and
[x] Gravel soils give Mazeyres wine smoky aromas and a chiseled, mineral texture. The clays give notes of undergrowth and a round and fleshy structure. Biodynamics promotes finesse and freshness. The texture of the wines of Château Mazeyres still offers the velvety touch characteristic of the great Pomerols.
[x] Merlot (73.1%), Cabernet Franc (24.3%), Petit Verdot (2.6%).
[x] Total area of 25.57 hectares.
[x] Average age of the vine is 30 years.
[x] Property certified in organic farming since 2015 and biodynamic
since 2018 – Member of Biodyvin.
[x] Manual harvest in crates. Careful sorting of the grapes upon arrival at the
vat. Fermentation in concrete or stainless steel tanks thermo-regulated according to
the terroir, the age of the vines and grape varieties. Soft and slow extracts,
adapted to the potential of each tank.
[x] Aging: 30% in new barrels, 50% in barrels of 1 year old or more,
20% in 7 hl ovoid concrete tanks.
[x] Yield: 38 hectoliters per hectare
[x] Average production: 50,000 to 70,000 bottles
[x] Château Mazeyres is one of the largest vintages
from Pomerol. The diversity of its terroirs contributes to
the complexity of its wines.