The Mazilly family have been vineyard owners for generations, but it is only in the past fifty years or so that they have bottled and sold their wines under their own label.
Based in Meloisey, a village in the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, they also now have cellars in the village of Meursault..
They now own 18 hectares of vineyards, with the majority being in the Hautes-Côtes, where they produce each year four different white wines and two different reds. They also have holdings in eight different villages on the main Côte, with premier cru vineyards in Beaune, Meursault, Pommard, Monthelie, Savigny and Saint-Aubin. Their wines are regularly selected as outstanding by such French books as the Guide Hachette.
Fine Wines Direct has dealt with three generations of the Mazilly family: first Pierre, then his son Frédéric and now grandson Aymeric. This last, now buys parcels of grapes, or wine in good years to make small quantities of his own wine.
Author: Christopher Fielden
Christopher Fielden started in the wine trade, in the late fifties, with the agency in the North of England for Gonzalez Byass sherries. He has been involved in the drinks trade for more than half a century and can claim to be the first to have imported wines from Albania and Uruguay into Britain and the first to have sold Irish whiskey in Tahiti, Paraguay and Sierra Leone. His travels have taken him to more than one hundred countries.
On the British market, he launched such diverse wines as Jacob’s creek, Sutter Home, Marques de Caceres and Felton Road. He is passionately interested in trade education and is the longest-standing lecturer for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.
He is currently the columnist for The Church Times, had a column in Decanter for more than ten years, and has written for The Wine Spectator, Wine, Wine & Spirit, Good Housekeeping etc., as well as journals in Holland, France and Austria. His previous books include A Travellers Wine Guide to France, Is this the Wine you ordered, Sir?, and The Wines of Argentina, Chile and Latin America.
He now spends his time as a rural clergy spouse, meddling in village affairs and playing the occasional game of cricket.