(from a .55 ha parcel in En Orveaux with vines planted in 1924 and 1979). A discreet whiff of wood easily reveals notes of essence of black cherry, violet, sandalwood and Asian-style tea. The sleek, intense and rich middle weight plus flavors possess excellent volume before terminating in a velvety, sappy and notably firm finish that is sneaky long and impressively complex. This attractively vibrant effort should amply reward 12 to 15 years of bottle age yet be approachable after only 5 to 7. 2027+
The 2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru was demonstrating a pleasant, subtle reduction like the Les Brûlées that after racking will disappear by the time of bottling. I like the delineation and clarity here, perhaps more than the Les Brûlées. There is a spark - an edge, so to say. The palate is medium-bodied, a mixture of red and black fruit, crisp and well balanced with a slightly savory, dried blood finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a well-made Echézeaux, one of the best I have tasted from the domaine in recent years. (NM)
(the crop level in these north-facing vines in Combe d'Orveaux was just 22 hectoliters per hectare): Bright dark red. Pungent, sappy aromas of raspberry and smoky minerality. Dense, sweet and tactile, with its highly concentrated berry flavors enriched by salty mineral extract. Offers terrific inner-mouth tension and lift. Still a baby, but its very long, firmly tannic finish avoids dryness. As youthful as this is, it's more expressive in the middle palate than the 2015 Grands-Echézeaux or Clos Vougeot. (ST)
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)