The term new applies not only to us having a new domaine to offer clients but in fact the Domaine is new itself – in legal terms at least. Domaine Heresztyn has been around since the 1930’s but it was the lovely, forward thinking Florence Heresztyn who, with husband Simon Mazzini, a skilled winemaker hailing from Champagne, instituted major improvement and change several years ago and in 2012 the domaine was reborn with a double-barrelled name and a fittingly smart new label. Florence began experimenting with whole bunch fermentation a few years ago and the seriousness of the wines is there for all to see but the wines produced do not neglect the principle of pleasure.
We are not alone in rating this domaine, Allen Meadows had just visited the address for the first time in several years and Neal Martin has been singing their praises too. The wines manage to hit the sweet spot between charming, round, seductive fruit and elegant mineral imbued complexity of old vines farmed to lutte raisonnee principles. The tannins too are exceptionally well handled and Florence’s touch with the whole bunches is assured not dogmatic. A tremendous set of 1er Crus from Gevrey, that exude real character and delightful individual personalities. But don’t discount the Gevrey VV, which is a fantastic wine of no little complexity at its level. A great addition to the Bancroft offering and one we are particularly excited about.