The 2015 Echezeaux Grand Cru is the usual blend of two parcels: more than 70-year-old vines located in La Rouge du Bas that tend to produce small berries, and younger vines within Quartier de Nuits that impart freshness. Christine reminded me that they are picked on the same day and entered directly into the same vat. It is matured in 60% new oak, the maximum that the domaine ever uses. It has a glorious bouquet with ripe black cherries, raspberry, violets and a subtle marine influence, touch of flint tucked just underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with supple sweet tannin, layers of ripe black cherries, mulberry and a touch of quince, structured on the finish with enormous length. This would be one of my picks from the domaine this year.(NM)
(from the climats of Les Rouges du Bas and Les Quartiers de Nuits). This too was initially reduced but with air, discreet but not invisible wood emerges to frame the super-spicy and distinctly ripe aromas of plum, black cherry and Asian-style tea. There is excellent volume to the suave and seductive yet sleek medium weight plus flavors that possess a wonderfully beguiling texture, all wrapped in a powerful, highly complex and palate drenching finish. This is extremely impressive and should age beautifully; indeed it will need at least 8 to 10 and should easily repay 15 plus. 2033+
The 2015 Echézeaux from Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg is excellent, displaying outstanding breed and depth on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is a refined blend of black plums, black raspberries, pigeon, bitter chocolate, woodsmoke, a nice touch of Vosne spices and cedary new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely reserved on the attack, with a sappy core, fine backend soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, vibrant and very promising finish. Lovely juice. (Drink between 2025-2075)
(55% new oak; from Les Rouges du Bas and Les Quartiers de Nuits): Bright medium ruby. Very pure but subtle and shy on the nose, exuding scents of blackberry, dark cherry, violet and dark chocolate accented by orange zest. Offers an exhilarating balance of almost chocolatey sweetness and penetrating acidity. Finishes very long and primary, even a bit inky, with suave tannins and firm acidity. Marie-Christine Mugneret noted that new oak "really marks the delicate Echézeaux character," but this wine has the stuffing to support its lumber.(ST)
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