The 2019 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru is matured in 25% whole bunch. It has an enticing bouquet of mulberry and pressed iris flower, well defined and focused, plus a touch of sea spray in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins and very saline in the mouth, delivering just the right amount of bitter cherry mixed with iodine on the finish. A superb Grands-Echézeaux, but not Thomas Collardot’s best wine in show this year, which is the Clos Saint-Denis. 2025-2050
1.5 new barrels out of 2.5 produced. Fine mid purple. The nose needs a little teasing out but delivers an extraordinary weight of fruit, less floral in style. I can detect some heat on the palate though, with just the lightest touch of over-ripeness. A solid, powerful finish with some chocolate notes, leavened by some whole bunch freshness which helps to draw out the finish.