The 2019 Echézeaux Grand Cru (Domaine Louis Jadot) is very promising, exhibiting incipiently complex aromas of raspberries, cassis, candied peel, burning embers and potpourri, followed by a medium to full-bodied, charming and vibrant palate that's broad and enveloping, with lively acids and fine, powdery structuring tannins. Frédéric Barnier has presided over a small but superb vintage at Louis Jadot, and our two tastings together unfolded in comparative tranquility: Barnier isn't one for smoke or mirrors, and the wines spoke for themselves. Indeed, in terms of overall consistency across the range, I'm inclined to single out 2019 as the most successful I've ever tasted at this address. That's an especially impressive feat in a year when ripening was rapid and, to a significant extent, synchronized. Readers will be familiar with what might be called Jadot's democratic approach to winemaking: almost all cuvées reviewed here were handled the same way—destemmed reds and whole-cluster pressed whites, with élevage in one-third new barrels, one-third once-used barrels, and one-third twice-used barrels. The house style is present, but it's consistent across the range, letting distinctions of site shine through. In 2019, plenty of those distinctions are on display. If I had one criticism to make of the Jadot style, it would focus on the rather overtly lactone-driven style of the barrels supplied by their own Tonnellerie Cadus: might this characteristic be toned down? (WK)
The 2019 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a pleasant bouquet of predominantly red fruit laced with cedar, autumn leaves and Earl Grey, gently unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and fine balance and poise. There is a slightly grainy texture toward a finish of modest length. This should evolve into a sedate but appealing Echézeaux. (NM)
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