A wonderfully complex nose features a broad array of spice elements with those of plum, violet, sandalwood and Asian-style tea that are also trimmed in soft wood nuances. There is good punch to the refined, cool and pure medium-bodied flavors that possess better concentration on the balanced, persistent and youthfully austere finale where the only nit is a very subtle hint of warmth. Of all of the wines in the Domaine's portfolio, in my view the Ech is the most improved over the last 10 years and it shows as the 2014 is bigger and more powerful than usual.
Lovely lifted fruit on nose and palate: beautiful notes of roses, raspberry and cherry with a silky texture with a spicy finish.
Full, dark red, Sappy scents of black raspberry, violet and licorice are higher-pitched and considerably less earthy than those of the Corton. Chewy and penetrating in the mouth, conveying strong energy and a restrained sweetness to the tactile flavors of plum, berries, spices and pepper. This wine, too, delivers the saline minerality of the year, but there's more than enough fruit here to support it. Finishes with terrific rising length. Bertrand de Villaine described this wine as "pleasant and present" but I find it more serious than that. (ST) 93+
The 2014 Echézeaux Grand Cru was picked on 24, 25 and 26 September at 27.8 hectoliters per hectare. It offers an expressive bouquet, more vivacious than the 2012 Echézeaux, with scents of black plum, raspberry preserve and subtle limestone aromas. It unfolds with confidence in the glass. The palate is surprisingly structured on the entry, perhaps with ambitions towards its elder brother, the Grands Echézeaux. There is a gentle, slightly leafy quality to this Grand Cru, perhaps more masculine and reserved than other vintages tasted just after bottling. The aftertaste feels long with a cheeky pinch of black pepper. Probably one of the most approachable 2014s from the domaine, and just as likely to be drunk too young! 1,443 cases produced. (NM)
Colour is both darker and a little denser than the Corton. The aroma is darker too, more dark-red fruit and more wild. A clear stemmy (but fully ripe) freshness. More immediately aromatic than the Corton but less prettily scented. Firm, compact but supple tannins. More immediate impact on the palate than the Corton and although it is immensely long, it does not linger in quite the same way – leaving an imprint rather than drawing you along by the fingertips. There’s a whiff of smoky oak spice as well. With air, more earthy, more savoury. Tannins give a compact density on the finish. The acidity seems softer than on the Corton but there is no lack of freshness and those accentuate it. (JH) 18.5/20 points
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