(Florence Heresztyn at the Clos Village vineyard behind the Domaine.)
What WEA say?
What do the critics say?
Allen Meadows, Burghound
“As the scores and comments confirm I was impressed by the quality and particularly so for a new domaine even if there are long-standing roots.”
If the line-up of wines, not to mention half the domaine name sounds awfully like the old Domaine Heresztyn, it’s not your imagination. That’s because Florence Heresztyn and her husband Simon Mazzini leased 5.5 ha of vines from her father and aunt where their first vintage under the new name was in 2012; I should point out that Domaine Heresztyn still exists but only as a seller of grapes for a few parcels of vines that were not leased such as the Borniques and Corbeaux. The appellations might be the same but Florence stresses that there remain relatively few similarities to what her father Stanislaus used to do. I asked her to describe the approach and she explained that “we use no anti-rot treatments and do the harvest manually where the fruit is placed in perforated cases. Of course we sort at the winery but we also do a pre-harvest sorting where any substandard or damaged fruit is dropped. I do 5 to 8 days of cool maceration and while the percentages vary according to the wine in question I would say that on average we use 50% whole clusters during the vinification that lasts about 3 weeks. We
then do 48 hours of lees settling and then rack into barrel where the new wood ranges from 30 to 50%. The wines remain in barrel between 14 and 18 months and are then bottled without fining or filtration save for the last 5% to eliminate any heavy lees. Given that 2013 is only our 2nd vintage we will of course continue to fine tune things but this is our basic approach.” I
would describe the style as classic with just a bit more stem influence.
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
“Florence Heresztyn and husband Paul Mazzini fall into the category of taken an old name being pulled up by the scruff of their neck after taking the helm from Florence’s parents. You like Gevrey-Chambertin with whole bunch clusters? Watch out for this name over the next decade, even if their name is more difficult to pronounce than Digioia-Royer.”