Deep red. Brooding dark fruits on the bound-up nose. Concentrated but ungiving today, with blackberry and black cherry flavors wound tight by the wine's firm spine of acids and dusty tannins. This very backward Grands-Echézeaux could hardly be more different from the much sweeter Echézeaux, and it's difficult to believe that it will ever equal that wine in quality.
Here the nose is quite similar to that of the Ech though there is a bit more overall complexity. In the same vein there is a bit more size, weight, richness and muscle to the dusty and mouth coating flavors that also possess a firmer tannic spine that is well-buffered by the profusion of sap, all wrapped in a dense, powerful and impressively long finish. This is definitely going to need plenty of time in bottle to reach its full apogee.
The 2013 Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru has more fruit intensity on the nose than its little brother, although not quite the same endearing delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, good depth, a touch of dried blood infusing the red berry fruit with commendable precision on the long finish. Everything seems to be held back at the moment, so give it several years in bottle. (NM)
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