The name Les Mazoyères comes from an old word for huts or small houses. The same is true of Les Mazis-Chambertin where a few small dwellings were once found. Les Charmes, on the other hand, is derived from the old chaume, a field or vineyard lying fallow. How times have changed!
Seven Grands Crus preside majestically over these vines, sharing in the glory of Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. Of the seven, Les Charmes-Chambertin and Les Mazoyères-Chambertin, just across the Route des Grands Crus from Chambertin, are climats renowned since the Middle Ages. These appellations precede the AOC system, and were created by decrees in 1931 and 1932.
The history of these climats is inseparable from Chambertin, long considered as “the greatest possible Burgundy”. It was found in the royal cellars at Versailles, and was the only wine Napoleon would drink. It was also the first Burgundy served at the White House, when Thomas Jefferson ordered 100 dozen bottles of “Burgundy of Chambertin”. As Athos says in the Three Musketeers, “Be philosophers, as I am, gentlemen; sit down at the table, and let us drink; nothing makes the future look so bright as surveying it through a glass of Chambertin”.
The illustrious Burgundy author Gaston Roupnel owned a part of this climat, and extolled the wine’s virtues with his inimitable style.