Pungent aromas of wood, menthol and firm reduction render the nose virtually impossible to assess. Interestingly, the mid-palate of the larger-scaled flavors is quite supple and round, indeed it’s almost easy-going, though the finish gathers intensity and power on the saline-infused and strikingly persistent finale. As the description suggests, this is awkward and dissociated at present, but the underlying material appears to be of sufficient quality for this to ultimately be quite good.
The 2020 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a relatively light nose compared to the Clos de Vougeot, the whole bunch here nicely integrated, imparting a subtle white pepper and clove aroma. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, quite firm tannins, a light marine influence at play here with a nicely proportioned towards the finish that maybe just needs a little more tension.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045
TA (sulphuric) 4 g/l, TA (tartaric) 6.12 g/l, pH 3.35. 40% whole bunch. 17 months’ oak ageing, 40% new. Cask sample. Toasty, mocha evident on the nose. Sweet fruit – dark cherry and raspberry. Subtle, understated oak. An elegant, precise Echezeaux which is more about finesse than power. (AWH)
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2042