Mazis-Chambertin is a terroir with several interesting features – one being that Hospice de Beaune has a large plot on this vineyard – the other being that Domaine d’Auvenay has a plot from where they produce one of the rarest and most expensive grand crus of the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation.
As always when Mme. Bize-Leroy is involved – wine made with no compromise and in pact with nature.
Domaine d’Auvenay a bit of background
Mme Lalou Bize-Leroy is the leading lady of Burgundy – originating from the very prestigious Maison Leroy, that was founded by her great-grandfather Francois Leroy in 1868 – although he was selling wines already back in 1851.
His son Joseph Leroy expanded the business, and his grandson Henri Leroy acquired a large share of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in 1942 from Jacques Chambon – and became co-owner with the de Villaine family.
In 1988 Mme Bize-Leroy founded a new estate – Domaine Leroy – now one of the most prominent estates in Burgundy.
Just a two years later in 1990, Mme Bize-Leroy took over her fathers house and estate Domaine d’Auvenay, as she acquired the share of her older sister, Pauline Roch (1929 – 2009), and began to expand the estate with vineyards both in Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune – reds and white – creating a boutique estate alongside Domaine Leroy and Maison Leroy.
With a large share in DRC, Domaine Leroy and Domaine d’Auvenay – Mme Bize-Leroy is a both prominent and dominant force in Burgundy – owning plots in almost all the top Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy – from Montrachet via the Grand Crus of Vosne-Romanée to Musigny, Bonnes-Mares and Chambertin.
The odd one out of the Gevrey Grand Crus
Mazis Chambertin is located just north of Chambertin Clos de Bèze and just below Ruchottes-Chambertin. As with Ruchottes-Chambertin the Mazis vineyard is divided in a upper and lower part – Les Mazis Hauts and Les Mazis Bas.