Pale garnet. More closed on the nose than the Échezeaux. Again a certain ferny quality. Quite high toned. Massive energy and zest with quite marked acidity and fine tannin at this stage. Real health juice! Grainy texture and lots to chew on. 1,290 cases
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2050
Robert Parker 94
More brooding and reserved than the Ã‰chezeaux that preceded it in the tasting, the 2017 Grands Ã‰chezeaux Grand Cru unwinds in the glass with an enticing bouquet of cassis, blackberries, blood orange, exotic spices and musk. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with a more introverted, structured profile than the Ã‰chezeaux, its considerable reserves of concentrated fruit framed by an abundance of powdery tannin and succulent acids. Long and penetrating, this will reward sustained bottle age. The Grands Ã‰chezeaux was picked on September 12.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2057
The 2017 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru, picked on September 12, has a beguiling, pure bouquet of scents of red cherries, wild strawberry and crushed stone, all a little more cohesive than the Echézeaux, with sous-bois scents developing. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, the fruit a little darker than the Echézeaux, with notes of sage and a light tobacco note toward the fresh, quite saline finish. Excellent.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2045
A smoky and equally spicy nose of mostly red fruits and Asian-style tea is wonderfully fresh and cool though notably more restrained. As is typically the case there is more size, weight and power to the broad-shouldered flavors that are shaped by firmer and slightly less fine-grained tannins on the impressively persistent finish. As one would reasonably expect, in contrast to the prior two wines this is going to require at least 10 years or so of patience and should amply reward 15 to 18.