2019 Échézeaux, Grand Cru, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Burgundy

2019 Échézeaux, Grand Cru, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Burgundy

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2019 Échézeaux, Grand Cru, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Burgundy

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From a total holding of 4.67 ha of 50+ year old vines from 2 different climats, 90% of which is in Les Poulaillères and the remainder is in Clos St. Denis; from yields of 23 hl/ha.

An overtly spicy and agreeably cool 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 flavours that flash seriously good length on the ever-so-mildly warm finale. This compact, dusty and moderately austere bitter pit fruit-inflected effort is going to need extended cellaring to arrive at its full apogee. As I noted last year, I don't ever recall seeing a better vintage from barrel, and all of that potential, the promise of a truly exceptional wine, appears to have made it into the bottle. In sum, the 2019 Ech is as good as any vintage in recent memory from the domaine.

Drink from 2036 onward

Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (January 2022)

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Critics reviews

Jasper Morris MW96/100

The Echezeaux in bottle still displays its youthful dense purple colour, more vibrant than the Corton. The strawberry notes swell across the bouquet, generous, ripe yet fine, and fresher in style than the Corton. There is a starburst of energy, more raspberry now, at the front of the palate, then a long and nuanced finale. The fruit fills out the oak, splendid, lengthy, detailed and refined. Very persistent.

Jasper Morris MW, InsideBurgundy.com (November 2021)

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Burghound95/100

From a total holding of 4.67 ha of 50+ year old vines from 2 different climats, 90% of which is in Les Poulaillères and the remainder is in Clos St. Denis; from yields of 23 hl/ha.

An overtly spicy and agreeably cool 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 flavours that flash seriously good length on the ever-so-mildly warm finale. This compact, dusty and moderately austere bitter pit fruit-inflected effort is going to need extended cellaring to arrive at its full apogee. As I noted last year, I don't ever recall seeing a better vintage from barrel, and all of that potential, the promise of a truly exceptional wine, appears to have made it into the bottle. In sum, the 2019 Ech is as good as any vintage in recent memory from the domaine.

Drink from 2036 onward

Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (January 2022)

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Neal Martin, Vinous93-95/100

871 cases produced

The 2019 Echézeaux Grand Cru was picked on September 22–23 at 23hl/ha. It has an absolutely divine bouquet of pure black cherry and blueberry scents, plus hints of pressed violet and crushed limestone, all displaying wonderful focus. The palate is very spicy, and there is a liberal dose of black pepper on the entry. I cannot remember an Echézeaux from the domaine blessed with so much exuberance and charm at this early stage in its evolution, leaving the mouth tingling with glee after it has departed. Not to be underestimated, this should drink for 20–30 years.

Drink 2024 - 2045

Neil Martin, Vinous.com (December 2020)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous93/100

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.

Drink 2029 - 2049

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (June 2022)

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Wine Advocate95+/100

Deeper pitched than the domaine's Corton, the 2019 Échézeaux 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 Échézeaux that has fulfilled all the promise it showed in barrel.

Drink 2029 - 2060

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (January 2022)

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Jancis Robinson MW17.5++/20

This was the last of the Domaine’s reds to be harvestedon 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…

Drink 2030 - 2045

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (February 2022)

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Decanter97/100

Bertrand de Villaine, co-manager of the domaine, avers that the recent re-planting of part of the DRC Echézeaux will help the vines adapt to global warming. For now, the young vines do not enter the blend, whose grapes are from vines at least thirty years of age. The result is substantial and not as forward as it has been in the past, with more red fruit than black. There is an immediate rush of fruit but plenty of complexity behind that. This cuvée seems to improve every year.

Drink 2025 - 2065

Charles Curtis MW, Decanter.com (March 2022)

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Jeb Dunnuck95/100

The 2019 Echezeaux Grand Cru is a bigger, richer wine that pushes on the ripeness scale, offering a monster bouquet of red and black fruits, liquorice, spice, and roasted herb-like nuances, with a kiss of violets emerging with time in the glass. Needing plenty of air to show at its best, it's full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, with a much broader, more expansive, and hedonistic style. However, its balance and precision lag the 2018, and this is a beast of wine that could be mistaken for a Grenache at this young stage. It’s going to take some time to shed its considerable baby fat and should have two decades or more of longevity. While I suspect the 2018 will be the longer-lived wine, I doubt it will ever match the 2019 for sheer hedonistic pleasure or sexiness.

Drink 2023 - 2044

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (February 2023)

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About this WINE

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

Domaine de la Romanée Conti is co-owned by the de Villaine and Leroy/Roch families, the former successors to Jacques-Marie Duvault-Blochet who bought the vineyard of La Romanée Conti in 1869, the latter since acquiring the shares of other descendants of Duvault-Blochet in 1942. The domaine is today run by Aubert de Villaine. Many people in Burgundy just refer to 'DRC' as "the Domaine".

The domaine has 25 hectares of vineyards, all Grand Crus. As well as the 1.8 hectare monopole La Romanée Conti, the Domaine purchased its other monopole, La Tâche, in 1933, along with significant holdings in the grand crus of Richebourg, Romanée-St-Vivant, Grands Échezeaux, Échezeaux and Le Montrachet at various points in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Domaine is the largest owners of each of the red wine grand crus.

The wines are made by Alexandre Bernier, in succession to Bernard Noblet. Whole clusters are used (no destemming) with a long vatting time avoiding excesses of heat. Yields are mind-numbingly low and the winemaking is traditional and perfectionist. These are not merely among the most sumptuous wines of Burgundy but certainly the most stylish. Ancestor Jacques-Marie Duvault-Blochet was an advocate of harvesting late in order to ensure optimum ripeness, a philosophy to which his descendants adhere today.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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Échezeaux

Échezeaux

Located in the commune of Flagey-Échezeaux, just south of the village of Vosne-Romanée in the Côte de Nuits, Échezeaux is a grand cru vineyard, producing some of the finest red wines in the world.

The terroir is varied, with different climats having diverse soil compositions and microclimates. The soils comprise limestone, clay, and gravel, contributing to the wines’ complexity and character. The variations in terroir result in wines with distinct nuances and expressions.

The wines are exclusively made from Pinot Noir grapes and are known for their depth, richness, and complexity, often exhibiting aromas of red and dark fruits, spices, earth, and floral notes. These can age gracefully for many years, developing more intricate flavors and textures with time.

Many esteemed and well-known wine producers have vineyard holdings in Échezeaux, contributing to the region’s reputation. Some of the most prestigious producers craft exceptional wines from this grand cru vineyard. Due to its Grand Cru status, however, the wines can be relatively rare with the combination of high demand and limited availability, making them highly sought-after amongst collectors.

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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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