23 barrels – lucky man! Inky purple and black in colour. It starts a bit blockbuster for Echezeaux, then refines somewhat. Still, this is not for the fainthearted—quite firm tannins but ripe enough. Decent weight behind, but this is still unresolved. A few blackberries though predominantly red fruit. 13.8% alcohol. Note that the malolactic for this wine was fairly late, taking place in the summer.
Jasper Morris MW, InsideBurgundy.com (November 2021)
A wonderfully expressive and broad-ranging nose displays notes of black cherry and raspberry coulis, spice, violet and sandalwood. The exceptionally rich and unusually full-bodied flavours brim with dry extract while exhibiting excellent power on the mouth coating, a balanced and complex finale that goes on and on. I very much like the outstanding persistence, and this is an impressive Ech.
Drink from 2035 onward
Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (January 2022)
The 2020 Echézeaux Grand Cru offers real intensity on the nose, quite powerful with pure dark cherries, cassis, crushed violet and blood orange. Stylistically, this is not unlike Thomas Collardot’s good friend, Sébastien Cathiard’s, in style.
The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, fine acidity, veins of blood orange and a pinch of sea salt. Lovely structure and focus on the finish. Excellent - this is an Echézeaux from the top drawer.
Drink 2026 - 2050
Neal Martin, Vinous.com (November 2021)
About this WINE
Domaine Coquard Loison Fleurot
Domaine Coquard Loison Fleurot is a family-owned estate that has gained recognition for its exceptional wines, particularly from the Côte de Nuits subregion, where they focus on producing high-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Coquard and Loison families, with rich winemaking histories, came together to form the estate, and later, the Fleurot family joined the partnership. This consolidation allowed them to pool their expertise and resources, strengthening their position in the Burgundy wine scene.
The domaine benefits from prime vineyard holdings in various renowned appellations, including Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey Chambertin, and Chambolle Musigny, among others. The diverse terroir of these vineyards contributes to the complexity and character of their wines.
During the winemaking process, sustainable and traditional practices are emphasized, with great attention to detail at every stage. They focus on expressing the unique characteristics of each vineyard plot and strive to produce wines that reflect the true essence of Burgundy’s terroir. The Pinot Noir wines are often praised for their finesse, purity, balanced fruit, and earthy flavors. The Chardonnays are also well-regarded for their freshness and complexity.
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.
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.