The 2019 Echézeaux Grand Cru is a powerhouse. Dark, rich and explosive, the 2019 packs a huge punch. There is plenty of intensity in the blue/purplish-tinged fruit. The domaine’s Echézeaux is often a charmer, but that is not the case here, at least not today. At times, the 2019 feels a bit heavy. It will be interesting to see how it ages.
Anticipated maturity: 2029-2049
This was the last of the Domaine’s reds to be harvested, on 22 and 23 September. Yield was 23 hl/ha from 35-year-old vines. Total production 871 cases. Dense, savoury and briary on the nose. A hint of liquorice. Bone dry with quite marked tannins at this stage. The density of fruit distracts from the acidity in this case. But it’s more embryonic than usual with lots kept in reserve. Dried bitter cherries. Medium weight and relatively incommunicative. Just hinting at riches to come. Straight into the cellar with this one! It doesn’t really want to be tasted at this stage…
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2045
Robert Parker 95
Deeper pitched than the domaine’s Corton, the 2019 Ã‰chezeaux Grand Cru exhibits aromas of blackberries, plums, exotic spices, orange rind and rose hips. Full-bodied, rich and ample, its broad, textural attack segues into a deep and concentrated mid-palate and a long, saline finish. This is a sensual, enveloping, elegantly muscular Ã‰chezeaux that has fulfilled all the promise it showed in barrel.
Anticipated maturity: 2029-2060
An even spicier nose combines notes of soy, star anise, clove and sandalwood with those of plum, violet and a hint of jasmine tea. Here too there is excellent intensity to the attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that don’t offer the same minerality as the Vosne-Romanée Petits Monts but flash even better length. This compact effort is also going to need extended cellaring to arrive at its full apogee. Most impressive and I don’t ever recall seeing a better vintage from barrel.