2013 Domaine d'Eugénie Echézeaux Grand Cru

SKU #1242442 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is a whiff of herbal tea to the super spicy red currant and overtly floral-suffused nose with its notes of lavender and rose petal. The medium weight flavors are bigger and richer though less mineral-inflected with an abundance of mouth coating dry extract that imparts a velvety mouth feel and buffers the firm structure on the lingering finish. This is a robust and powerful but not rustic effort thanks to the fine grain of the tannins.  (1/2016)

91-93 points Vinous

 Deep ruby-red. A distinctly black-fruit version of Echézeaux, with blackberry and violet aromas accented by minerals and pepper. Juicy, spicy and quite primary, showing attractive sweetness on the attack but still youthfully imploded in the middle. Sappy and compact yet not at all hard. (ST)  (1/2015)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a taut and linear bouquet, like the Brulées very well defined aromatically with scents of dark cherry, blackberry, briary and wet limestone. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a gentle grip and a gentle crescendo toward a nicely structured, symmetrical finish. This is a very well-crafted Grand Cru that should be cellared for five or six years. (NM)  (12/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Opulent and expressive. Intense and firm. Juicy and actually quite open. Fine tannins on the finish. Real race. Not massive but very expressive. (17.5/20 points)  (11/2014)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Alcohol Content (%): 13