A deft touch of wood frames a restrained if perfumed nose of cinnamon, rose petal, violet and cassis. The velvety, round and utterly seductive large-scaled flavors are brimming with dry extract on the mouth coating but entirely serious finish that displays sensational length. The Clos de Vougeot is potentially a very fine effort but this clearly is at another level. Again though, patience advised.
The 2016 Echézeaux Grand Cru was affected by the frost: 40% to 45% of the vines were lost. Etienne said that the lieu-dit of Les Créots is an incredible vineyard and managed to overcome what could have been much worse damage. It has a beautiful, sensual, very pure bouquet with Morello, crushed strawberry and hints of vanilla pod. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and gorgeous black cherry and tart redcurrant fruit. It does not possess the length or density of the 2015, although I feel it shrugged off the frost damage better than Grivot's Clos Vougeot. (NM)
Dark ruby-red. Very dark aromas of blackberry, salty minerals and violet, plus torrefaction notes of espresso and dark chocolate. Suaver and finer-grained in the mouth than the Clos Vougeot, showing lovely ripeness but a restrained sweetness to its dark berry, menthol and mineral flavors. Still a bit youthfully imploded, even medicinal, this wine finishes with serious but refined tannins and terrific mineral lift, with a peppery nuance contributing to the impression of energy. (ST)
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