This was the wine with the latest malolactic fermentation which finished in September, so there is still lots of carbon dioxide and the wine was not as settled as the glorious Échezeaux. But it has lots of energy with obviously sweet, powerful fruit. It does need racking as the finish is a bit dry and severe.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2050
Robert Parker 94+
“The 2015 Grands Échézeaux Grand Cru is more brooding and reserved than the Échézeaux, opening in the glass with notes of raspberry, plum preserve, currant leaf, blood orange, hints of the forest floor to come and, again, a rich framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with notable structural amplitude and a long, authoritative and firmly tannic finish. This is always a wine that takes a long time to show all its cards, and the 2015 is no exception, but the raw materials indicate that patience will bear dividends. Cropped at 30 hectoliters per hectare and harvested September 11 and 12.”
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2050
Healthy dark red. More subdued on the nose than the Echézeaux, with its very pure aromas of dark berries, cherry, spices and violet conveying outstanding subtle lift. Larger-scaled but tighter and more imploded than the Echézeaux, showing more early mineral pungency as well as a tighter kernel of sharply delineated fruits and spices. But this very savory wine also boasts terrific sucrosité. Spreads out horizontally on the back end, finishing with big but fine-grained tannins and outstanding rising spicy length.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2043