Robert Parker 95
The 2012 Grands Echezeaux was picked on September 22, 24 and 25, at 27 hectoliters per hectare. Compared to the Echezeaux the nose is more demure, perhaps more refined, does not feel the urge to “put it all out” as it were. Reticent is the word – yet the precision and delineation is undeniable. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannin, here a mixture of red and black fruit, a little broodier and more introspective than its “cousin” but with greater persistence in the mouth. It unfurls on the finish: hints of dry tobacco and cedar, leaving you with the impression of a “masculine” Grands Echezeaux, one built for the long haul. 987 cases produced.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050
The 2012 Grands-Échézeaux is quite dark and somber in 2012. Powerful tannins give the Grands-Échézeaux much of its verticality and pure power. Dark cherry, plum, spices and a host of mentholated, balsamic notes are woven throughout. The 2012 is built for the long haul, that much is obvious. I wouldn’t plan on opening a bottle any time soon. I very much like the wine’s sense of energy.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2052
A more deeply pitched and more complex nose also evidences plenty of floral influence on the gorgeously spicy red and black pinot fruit scents. There is excellent volume and punch to the big-bodied, concentrated and brooding flavors that also brim with an abundance of dry extract, all wrapped in an intensely mineral-driven, explosive and strikingly persistent finish. What I find interesting is how such a big wine delivers this much power and muscle with no impression of weight or undue heaviness. As is typically the case early, this is very tight, compact and linear though I suspect that it will become more accessible sooner than usual yet age just as well as always.