Separated from famous Clos de Vougeot by a stone wall, Échezeaux is one of the oldest Grand Cru of Côte de Nuits. Its deep soils of pebbles, silt, and marl produce an intense and complex Pinot Noir with very long aging potential. Defined by the monks of the Cîteaux Abbey in the 12th and 13th centuries, it has been legally classified as a Grand Cru since 1937.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Looking down the slopes at the famed Clos de Vougeot plot, this acclaimed Échézeaux Grand Cru is so powerful, so rich with flavor that your hand may struggle to grasp the curve of its full-bodiedness. Its confident bouquet bursts with violet, fresh cherry and rose when drunk young. Musk, leather, fur, mushroom, animal, spice, undergrowth and prune evolve in the bottle with age. On the palate, the eternal battle of balance between tannins and fully-rounded flavors is fought. This time, and with this wine, it’s always a tie. Perfectly balanced. Serving suggestion: allow five years for this wine to open up.
This year’s vintage captured the memory of 2014’s unusual, and unpredictable, weather. An unusually mild winter – the Asian fruit fly had made its unwelcome introduction – something we would all wish to forget. At the beginning of the season there was much promise. The three months of Spring were warm and dry, culminating in an early bud break and bloom at the start of June. However, by the end of the month, cooler and wetter weather reigned supreme. On June 28th, a hailstorm – similar to the devastation that struck in 2012 and 2013 – damaged several villages across the Côte de Beaune, including Pommard. Third year in a row. Summer was defined by wetter-than-average weather and cool temperatures. A few hot days in July helped the vines recover their ground, but worsening conditions took control again during the first two weeks of August. By mid-August the weather improved, with mostly dry and sunny conditions aiding the grapes to a steady and juicy maturation. In September, the sun remained a constant element and a northerly wind bolstered ideal conditions; the grapes reached optimal maturity come mid-September with most appellations hand-picked under sunny skies.
Intense and energetic
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2017 is a very elegant, complex and energetic red wine. On the nose, intense aromas of wild strawberries, peonies, and saffron appear, as well as notes of dry meat and sandalwood. The palate reveals perfectly integrated mellow tannins; the finish is long, underlined with notes of fruits, flowers, and spices. With a great aging potential, this grand wine will reach its full potential in several years.
A generous year
2017 began the best possible way, with a sunny and warm spring and no threats of hail or frost. Bud break happened at the beginning of April, soon followed by blooming. Summer was marked by scorching episodes, pushing maturation forward. Harvest started over the last days of August, two weeks earlier than usual, and lasted until mid-September. With healthy, ripe grapes and yields back to normal, 2017 has since proven its high-quality and long-lasting potential.
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