The 2016 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a competent if not overall exciting bouquet, just a little staid compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet ripe tannins, black cherries and blueberry fruit with a touch of marmalade and blood orange towards the brisk and lively finish. With aeration it seems to express more some stem addition. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040
Robert Parker 92-94
“The 2016 Echézeaux Grand Cru was affected by the frost: 40% to 45% of the vines were lost. Etienne said that the lieu-dit of Les Créots is an incredible vineyard and managed to overcome what could have been much worse damage. It has a beautiful, sensual, very pure bouquet with Morello, crushed strawberry and hints of vanilla pod. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and gorgeous black cherry and tart redcurrant fruit. It does not possess the length or density of the 2015, although I feel it shrugged off the frost damage better than Grivot’s Clos Vougeot.”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040
Very very old vines. One parcel on the Vosne side. Dark crimson. Rich and sweet immediately. Much simpler than DRC’s version – more chiselled and modern and straightforward. A little bit exhibitionistic. Introvert. Reminds me a little of a Méo-Camuzet wine rather than showing the suavity of Grivot’s Vosnes. Lots of intensity. A bit dry on the end.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2042