2014 Domaine d'Eugénie Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)
Bright medium red Lovely violet lift to the subdued aromas of black cherry and minerals Sweeter and richer than the Echézeaux, but still restrained in the middle palate, offering notes of spicy red berries, flowers and minerals The above wine is more accessible today, but this wine impresses with its explosive, mounting peacock's tail of a finish, which stains the finish and lingers without any loss of energy This wine is built for a graceful evolution in the bottle but it's also amazingly showy today. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A discreet but not invisible touch of wood frames exuberantly spicy and again markedly floral aromas of black cherry, violet, plum and anise. As is typically the case there is more size, weight and power to the medium weight plus flavors that also brim with dry extract that both coats the palate and largely buffers the firm tannic spine on the sleek and focused finale where a hint of bitter cherry appears. Patience will be required.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru is matured in four new barrels out of five. The nose is a little more open than the Echézeaux, fine delineation here, black cherries and raspberry, a touch of the sea. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a keen line of acidity, gently gripping the mouth with a persistent, refined finish. I might have preferred a little less new oak in the final blend but the quality is here, if not that ineffable sophistication and grandeur. (NM)
Just five barrels of which four are new. 33% whole bunch. Very deep blackish crimson. Rich brambly fruit with a nervy overlay. More race and integration than the Échezeaux. Really very fine. Complete. Finesse. Just falls away very, very slightly on the end but it’s pretty impressive! (17.5/20 points)