The 2017 Echézeaux Grand Cru, which comes from two lieux-dits, has a lilting bouquet of dark berry fruit, brown spices and quite potent undergrowth, almost mushroom-like aromas that develop with aeration. The precise, detailed palate is very well balanced, with fine acidity and impressive weight and grip toward the finish. This is an Echézeaux of substance and should age well over the next 20 years. (NM)
The Echézeaux from Domaine Coquard Loison Fleurot hails from three of the climats that make up this grand cru, with a small plot of les Treux mixed in with larger parcels in Orveaux and les Poulallières. The reason that the family decides to add twenty percent Echézeaux to their Beaumonts is that the other parcels in these climats were all planted in 1945, so by moving the younger vine Echézeaux into the Premier Cru bottling, it allows the domaine’s Echézeaux cuvée to all be old vines. The 2017 version is excellent, offering up a deep and sappy nose of red and black cherries, raspberries, pigeon, complex soil tones, a touch of chocolate, Vosne spices and cedary new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, sappy and quite full-bodied, with excellent mid-palate depth, fien focus and grip and a long, well balanced and ripely tannic finish. This is a fine example in the making.
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