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The 2017 Echézeaux Grand Cru, which comes from two lieux-dits, has a lilting bouquet of dark berry fruit, brown spices and quite potent undergrowth, almost mushroom-like aromas that develop with aeration. The precise, detailed palate is very well balanced, with fine acidity and impressive weight and grip toward the finish. This is an Echézeaux of substance and should age well over the next 20 years. Drink 2022-2045.
The 2017s form a strong follow-up to the outstanding 2016s. Colladot shows deft use of whole bunches, knows when to select new oak or used, add stems or not (details for each cuvée are presented in the tasting notes.) He allows the vineyards to articulate their own personalities so that each one offers its own take on the vintage. If you have not discovered Coquard Loison Fleurot, practice saying that name on a daily basis, or use the acronym “CLF.” It never does “DRC” any harm. Make sure you bag some of the 2017s when they hit the market.
The Echézeaux from Domaine Coquard Loison Fleurot hails from three of the climats that make up this grand cru, with a small plot of les Treux mixed in with larger parcels in Orveaux and les Poulallières. The reason that the family decides to add twenty percent Echézeaux to their Beaumonts is that the other parcels in these climats were all planted in 1945, so by moving the younger vine Echézeaux into the Premier Cru bottling, it allows the domaine’s Echézeaux cuvée to all be old vines. The 2017 version is excellent, offering up a deep and sappy nose of red and black cherries, raspberries, pigeon, complex soil tones, a touch of chocolate, Vosne spices and cedary new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, sappy and quite full-bodied, with excellent mid-palate depth, fien focus and grip and a long, well balanced and ripely tannic finish. This is a fine example in the making. Drink between 2027-2075
Excellent length and succulence with impeccable red fruit and an earthy complexity that really draws your attention on the finish. Such wonderfully pure flavour, with a satisfaction factor that so often evades Burgundy, even at this level. Compared with its peers, and to the rest of the range, this is that rarest thing, a GV grand cru! Drink between 2022-2042