2015 Grands-Echezeaux, Grand Cru, Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy

2015 Grands-Echezeaux, Grand Cru, Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy

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2015 Grands-Echezeaux, Grand Cru, Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy

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Description

A beautiful combination of ripe and fresh red and dark pinot fruit isn't quite as spicy but it's just as complex and floral. As one would expect, the broad-shouldered flavors are bigger and richer if somewhat less refined, all wrapped in a sappy, structured and hugely long finale. This beauty is very clearly built-to-age and is absolutely going to need it and I would suggest allowing this a minimum of 8 to 10 years first as it's not likely to be a good candidate for early consumption.

Drink 2030+

Burghound (Apr 2017)

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Burghound94/100
A beautiful combination of ripe and fresh red and dark pinot fruit isn't quite as spicy but it's just as complex and floral. As one would expect, the broad-shouldered flavors are bigger and richer if somewhat less refined, all wrapped in a sappy, structured and hugely long finale. This beauty is very clearly built-to-age and is absolutely going to need it and I would suggest allowing this a minimum of 8 to 10 years first as it's not likely to be a good candidate for early consumption.

Drink 2030+

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Wine Advocate94-96/100
The 2015 Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru was a little more reduced on the nose than the Echezeaux at this early stage, though there appears to be great power and intensity waiting to unfurl. The palate is medium-bodied, intense with a very silky texture belying the backbone underneath. This is more masculine, perhaps even more austere than the Echzeaux, but it is beautifully balanced with a very long tail on the finish. There is ambition locked into this nascent Grand Cru.
Neal Martin - 28/12/2016 Read more
Decanter93/100
Smoky, toasty nose from just one-third new oak. Rich and velvety palate showing very concentrated, generous fruit with depth and opulence. There is power but not excessive force. Very spicy on the finish, linear, persistent and fresh.

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Stephen Tanzer92-94/100
(30% vendange entier): Bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Lovely herbal lift and minerality to the aromas of kirsch and blackberry. Juicy on entry, then tight and imploded in the middle palate, hinting at the intensity to come. Finishes quite tannic and long but not dry. This wine has a lot of expanding to do. Can't quite match the Musigny for refinement but this should be a beauty for the patient collector.

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About this WINE

Maison Joseph Drouhin

Maison Joseph Drouhin

Located in Burgundy, France, Maison Joseph Drouhin is one of the region’s most renowned and historic wineries and has a legacy dating back to 1880 when it was founded in the town of Beaune by Joseph Drouhin.

The winery is managed by the fourth generation of the Drouhin family, who are known for their commitment to quality and tradition. The vineyards are in some of Burgundy’s most prestigious appellations, including Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Chablis, and Côte Chalonnaise.

Maison Joseph Drouhin produces many red, white, and rosé wines but is mainly known for its exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Some of their most renowned wines include Clos des Mouches, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze, Musigny, Beaune Clos des Ursules, and Chassagne-Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche.

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Grands Echézeaux

Grands Echézeaux

Located in the larger Côte de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy, Grands Échezeaux is renowned for producing exceptional Pinot Noir wines with a rich history and a reputation for elegance and complexity.

The vineyard benefits from a diverse terroir that includes variations in soil types, exposure to sunlight, and elevation, contributing to the complexity and character of the wines produced here. It is divided among several wine producers, each with a distinct style and approach to winemaking. Some of the most notable producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC), Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret, Domaine Anne Gros, and Domaine de la Vougeraie.

The wines are known for their depth, complexity, and elegance. They often exhibit a dark ruby colour and aromas of red and black fruits, such as cherries, raspberries, and sometimes even darker notes, like blackberries. Floral notes, earthy undertones, and subtle spices are also commonly found in these wines. They typically offer a harmonious balance of fruit, acidity, and refined tannins on the palate, allowing them to age gracefully over time.

Like many premium Burgundy wines, Grands Échezeaux has the potential to age and develop beautifully over the years. Properly cellared bottles can evolve to reveal more complex and nuanced characteristics, making them highly sought-after.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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