This 50 year old single vineyard (22 Acres) consists of three main varieties with a predominance of Grenache. It stretches over the 'Garrigues' (scrubland) plateau that is ideally located between the Ouvèze (tributary of the Rhone river) terraces and the Dentelles de Montmirail.
Chateau Mazane Vacqueyras Rouge is medium-bodied, pure and elegant. It offers plenty of plum, blueberry, spring flowers and peppery notes. On the palate, the richness of the tannins harmonizes with the smoothiness of the wine. The finish is long, with spice aromas and licorice. Beautifully textured, enjoy it over the coming 6-7 years.
Goes well with duck (roasted or grilled) as well as any grilled vegetables (eggplant, zucchini).
"The 2020 Vacqueyras Château Mazane is terrific and well worth seeking out. Based on 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, this medium-bodied, supple, elegant Vacqueyras has lots of red and black fruits, complex notes of peppery garrigue, sandalwood, and spice, polished tannins, and a great finish. Drink this beauty over the coming 7-8 years or so."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2023), 92 pts
"A stunning wine for this often underrated appellation. Complex nose of laurel, wild thyme and rosemary, underlined by forest berries. Then comes an impressive interplay of fine tannins and mineral freshness on the well-structured and concentrated palate. Long and uplifting, herbal finish. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling (March 2022), 94 pts
I loved the 2019 Vacqueyras Château Mazane. This ripe, sexy, full-bodied powerhouse has loads of darker berry fruits as well as notes of Provençal garrigue, sandalwood, and spice. With moderate acidity, wonderful tannins, and a great finish, it’s one heck of a great value. Drink it over the coming decade. The blend is 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre."
- Jeb Dunnuck (January 2022), 93 pts
"Based on 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, the 2018 Vacqueyras Chateau Mazane shows a slightly more modern vibe (it’s aged in tank and barrel) in its rocking red and blue fruits, graphite, smoked earth, and peppery garrigue aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied richness, a round, supple mouthfeel, and plenty of underlying structure, it’s a seriously good 2018 Vacqueyras that will have 8-10 years of ultimate longevity."
- Jeb Dunnuck (October 2020), 92 pts
"Similarly colored, the 2018 Vacqueyras Château Mazane offers a more focused, firm, structured style. While I normally prefer the Grande Garrigue cuvée, this might be a step up in 2018, and it certainly shows more structure and length. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre, brought up in tanks and barrels, it’s going to be one of the gems in 2018."
- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2019, Southern Rhône Part 2: 2017 & 2018 from Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cairanne, and Rasteau), 91-93 pts
"While the nose is smoky and restrained, this plummy, pristinely fruity red offers loads of sun-kissed black cherry and plum flavors edged by a stony, mineral undertone. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, it's an immediately approachable but elegant wine. The finish lingers on fine, feathery tannins. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2020), 91 pts
"This has very impressive poise and power in 2017 with flowers, wild herbs, ripe red plums and cherries, delivered in a fresh mode. The tannins are so juicy and long. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling (July 2019), 92 pts
"Mostly Grenache (there’s 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre), the 2017 Vacqueyras Château Mazane offers classic ripe cherry and darker berry fruits as well as plenty of garrigue, pepper, violets, and earthy aromas and flavors. It stays straight and focused on the palate, with plenty of concentration and structure, and is going to keep for 8-10 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2019, Southern Rhône Part 2: 2017 & 2018 from Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cairanne, and Rasteau), 91+ pts
"Slightly lighter on its feet, with more red fruits, cassis, garrigue, spice, and subtle minerality, the 2016 Vacqueyras Chateau Mazane stays incredibly light and graceful on the palate and has incredible class. Nuanced, elegant and lightly textured, yet brilliantly concentrated and full-bodied, it's another undeniably delicious, seriously good wine from this estate. The blend is 60% Syrah, 30% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and it has a decade of terrific drinking ahead of it."
- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2018), 94 pts
"There's a welcome vitality and mineral edge to this blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. It's full bodied and richly concentrated in black-plum and cherry flavors. Notes of baked thyme and rosemary as well as fine, firm tannins linger on a long finish. Enjoy now–2026. - Anna Lee C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (July 25019), 91 pts
"Unlike the 2015, the 2016 Vacqueyras Chateau Mazane skirts the very edge of over-ripeness. It does show lovely floral garrigue notes, but the fruit is also plummy and, at times, veers into the realm of warm chocolate fudge. Full-bodied and richly concentrated, I'd still opt to drink this over the near term. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 233, October 2017), 90 pts
"Sun-baked plum and berry aromas are accented by savory hints of charcuterie and dried herbs here. Fleshy black and red fruit flavors are concentrated and plush but elegantly restrained, balanced by fresh acidity. It's a voluptuous but well-integrated wine, marked by raspy, firm tannins that should melt over the next 3–5 years. - Anna Lee C. Iijima"
- Wine Enthusiast (July 1st 2018), 91 pts
"The 2015 Vacqueyras Chateau Mazane, a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, was matured mostly in vat and boasts layers of elegant yet super ripe fruit and a dusting of ground cinnamon and cracked pepper. It's full-bodied and creamy in texture on the palate, ending with some tough, chewy tannins and a touch of warmth. Drink it over the next 5 years.- Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 233, October 2017), 91 pts
"Leading off the two Vacqueyras releases, the 2015 Vacqueyras Château Mazane is a beautiful blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre. Offering classic notes of garrigue, pepper, toasted spices and assorted red fruits, it’s medium-bodied, elegant and polished on the palate, with terrific balance. Drink it through 2025."
- Jeb Dunnuck (October 2017), 91 pts
"From a newly purchased estate in Vacqueyras, the Jaume 2015 Vacqueyras Chateau Mazane is similar to the Grande Garrigue, yet has a touch more concentration and purity, and a more focused, streamlined feel on the palate. Asian spices, pepper, lavender, plums and blackberry jam all emerge from this layered, gorgeous red that’s packed with Southern Rhone charm. I prefer the sexiness of the Grande Garrigue a touch more, but both of these 2015 tank samples are beautiful. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 227, October 28th 2016), 90-92 pts
"Opaque ruby. Powerful, spice-accented dark berry and floral pastille aromas are complicated by suggestions of licorice and cola. Sweet and broad in the mouth, offering intense boysenberry and cherry flavors and a good whack of peppery spices. Closes on a chewy note, with building tannins and a lingering note of candied licorice. In a brawny style and built for cellaring, or so it appears at this stage. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2015), 90-92 pts
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"Shows good intensity, with dark plum and fig paste flavors lined with a racy graphite edge and backed by lots of singed wood spice and anise details. A buried bramble note adds energy. Drink now through 2020. 101 cases imported."
- Wine Spectator (October 2016), 90 pts
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