2012 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux
Bright dark red. Aromas of musky raspberry, rose petal and coffee. Sappy, precise and deep, showing outstanding cut and lift to its flavors of crushed red raspberry and dried flowers. Like the Clos Vougeot this conveys an impression of great vivacity, but this one is in a more feminine, weightless style. The whiplash of a finish, which features noble tannins, leaves the palate vibrating with flavors of red licorice, wild herbs, mint and smoky minerality. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
An extraordinarily spicy, fresh and ripe nose features notes of dark Pinot fruit, floral, sandalwood and exotic pekoe tea. There is excellent phenolic maturity to the supporting structure that is remarkably fine-grained which adds to the overall sense of refinement present on the delicious yet powerful and altogether serious middle weight plus flavors that terminate in a gorgeously persistent finish. Like the Clos de Vougeot this is going to require ample cellaring for it to reveal its full, and considerable, potential.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Echézeaux Grand Cru from Etienne Grivot has an engaging, well defined bouquet with dusky black fruit, hints of white fennel and Provençal herbs - complex, the kind of nose you just want to keep on nosing! The palate is medium-bodied with crisp black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, a little hardness on the entry although that should soften with time. It is a compact Echézeaux, yet one that is well balanced and one that should repay long-term cellaring. Expect this to blossom in the future. (NM)
High-toned aromas and flavors of flowers, cherry and raspberry are boosted by the vibrant structure. Pure, balanced and persistent, with fine length echoing the sweet fruit. Best from 2018 through 2032. (BS)