2011 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Échézeaux Grand Cru
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A discreet touch of wood sets off the gorgeously floral, ripe and wonderfully spicy nose of red currant, menthol, black cherry and cassis aromas. There is impressive volume and richness to the naturally sweet, silky and mouth coating medium weight flavors that are shaped by fine-grained tannins on the firm, complex, balanced and strikingly persistent finale that really fans out as it lingers on the palate. This wine continues to make really impressive progress.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright, dark red. Pungent, deep, ripe aromas of redcurrant, minerals and graphite. A sweet, plush Echezeaux with a sexy juicy quality to its complex flavors of redcurrant, red cherry, spices and tobacco. Fine-grained, minerally and cool in the middle palate. Ripe and rich but with a restrained sweetness. The tactile back end nicely combines thickness and energy. An Echezeaux of finesse. Incidentally, Aubert de Villaine describes the 2011s in general as "supple and hedonistic wines with hidden charms."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Picked on 10 and 11 September at 22.04hl/ha, the Echezeaux Grand Cru has a delicate, quite feminine bouquet with scents of fresh strawberry, undergrowth and just a hint of dry tobacco. It opens nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly brusque entry. The tannins are quite pointed here, creating a more angular Echezeaux compared to the 2011, whilst it needs to develop just a little more flesh and weight towards the back end that feels a little brittle and attenuated at the moment. Still, there is a fine saline, almost nori seaweed tang on the aftertaste -- a nice twist in the tail. (NM)
Bright crimson. Immediately denser on the nose than the DRC Corton 2011 tasted immediately beforehand. Some richness and depth on the nose - intense! Really rather vibrant and sumptuous with some sweetness and even a hint of oak - most unusual! Firm savoury finish with the framework more in evidence than the fruit at the moment. Should make fine old bones. Some liqueur element, with lift on the finish. Pretty impressive! Tannin and acid marked for now. 18/20 points.