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Neal Martin, December 2013,
The 2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru has a lucid garnet/ruby color. Picked on September 25 with 15% whole cluster fruit, it has a sensual nose with strawberry jam and boysenberry fruit. Perhaps it is not as sophisticated as other growers’ Echezeaux, but it is very generous. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, structured opening. With firm grip on its masculine finish, it is just missing a little complexity and breeding to merit a higher score.
Antonio Galloni, January 2014,
The 2012 Echézeaux is flat-out stunning. A deep, resonant wine, the Echézeaux covers every inch of the palate with striking depth and nuance. Cinnamon, cloves, menthol, smoke and plums all flesh out on the rich, voluptuous finish. Everything about the 2012 is huge; the fruit, tannin and structure, yet the wine's balance is absolutely impeccable. What a pleasure it is to taste this magnificent Burgundy from the Drouhin family. Drink 2024-2044
Burghound, April 2014,
A highly spiced nose of very ripe plum, cassis and warm earth scents is followed by relatively fine, supple and lush medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a robust, intense and overtly muscular finish that delivers excellent persistence. I very much like the depth and while not quite as structured as the Clos de Vougeot this will require an extended snooze in a cool cellar to realize its full, and considerable, potential. Drink 2024+
Stephen Tanzer, January 2014,
(25% vendange entier; from late-picked vines in the cool Combe d'Orveaux): Bright medium red. Perfumed aromas of redcurrant, blond tobacco, cinnamon and cumin. Rich, dense and sweet, with lovely floral lift and saline complexity in the mouth. At once sexy and refined, finishing with fine-grained tannins and sneaky persistence. This cuvee has been gaining in depth in recent years, noted Frederic Drouhin.
Jancis Robinson, October 2013,
Véronique Drouhin thinks this shows just as well as the Grands Échezeaux in 2012. Combe d'Orveaux fruit. On the border of Chambolle. Still unracked and on the lees. But actually not obvious reduction. Great freshness and integrity. Very serious. Drink 2020-2040
Maison Joseph Drouhin
Since 1880 Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of finesse and elegance. A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterises Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management; on site nursery, ploughing, leaf removal, 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, fermenting and ageing in oak. As a result of its historic location deep in the heart of Beaune and the quality of its vineyards, the expertise resulting from years of experience in the cultivation of vines and traditional vinification. Maison Joseph Drouhin is uniquely placed to uphold authentic Burgundian style.
One of two Grand Crus within the Flagey-Echezeaux area right in the heart of the Cote de Nuits. Relatively large and consequently diverse for a Grand Cru, the better Echézeaux wines undoubtedly deserve this status. As always in Burgundy vineyard location and grower is critical.