A velvety and dusty Echezeaux with an amazing texture. Full and round with ripe fruit and a long finish. This is very serious. From organically grown grapes.
Here the reduction is a bit stronger and a thorough aeration is definitely in order if you're going to try a bottle in its youth. Otherwise there is a beguiling texture to the suave and very round medium-bodied flavors that brim with plenty of mouth coating sap that buffers well the moderately firm tannins that impart a dusty palate feel to the robust and very firm finish that is presently not especially complex. This is a big wine in the context of the appellation and will need time to both soften the underlying structure to develop more overall depth. Note that my score assumes that the reduction is not permanent but as a cautionary note it is strong enough to be of mild concern.
A little reticent now, this red's cherry, raspberry, floral, spice and mineral flavors are locked within the moderately firm structure. This is complex and long, with a chalk and mineral finish. Best from 2018 through 2028. (BS, Web Only-2016)
Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Echézeaux Grand Cru from Domaine du Clos Frantin has a very endearing, understated but deceptively complex bouquet with pure red berry fruit mingling with minerals, wonderful transparency and terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, impressive balance, a little oaky towards the finish but there is sufficient fruit to support that. I like the edginess here and energy, the focus better than many of its peers. This is a well-crafted Echézeaux from the Bichot team, albeit not as long-term as some of its peers. (NM)
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