2016 Domaine d'Eugénie Echézeaux Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1348713 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 While this is also spicy and perfumed the aromatic profile of red currant, lavender and soft earth is more restrained at present than that of the Brûlées. There is outstanding intensity and depth of material to the tautly muscular and impressively concentrated flavors that possess plenty of underlying tension and controlled power on the stunningly long and mouth coating finish. This is a big Echézeaux, indeed the word robust comes to mind and it's a wine that should age effortlessly for years though it could probably be approached after only 5 or so.  (1/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Echézeaux Grand Cru was 95% impacted by frost, and Michel Mallard was not expecting to make a single barrel. Actually, he managed to get two barrels because the second generation buds started growing with alacrity. It was destemmed by hand, and one of the barrels is new. It has a very pure bouquet with dark cherries, cassis and violet scents, something almost “serene” about these aromatics, belying the “trauma” of the growing season. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, almost symmetrical in terms of focus, sorbet-fresh toward the finish with just a faint hint of blood orange and citrus lemon. This actually challenges the Grands Echézeaux, and it will be fascinating to see them age side by side. (NM)  (12/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 (just two barrels made in 2016, vs. eight in 2017--the equivalent of just over nine hectoliters per hectare, according to Mallard): Bright dark red. Sappy scents of red cherry, raspberry and licorice; this wine included some second-generation. Tightly wound and youthfully medicinal, showing no easy sweetness to its flavors of black cherry, licorice, menthol and herbs. A distinctly austere style for the vintage, this wine will need considerable time in bottle to unwind. Finishes with palate-saturating tannins. (ST)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

92-94pts Jasper Morris(MW): "Intense purple with a flamboyant nose, impressively dense fruit, not so much detail as the Brûlées, a slightly iodine finish, middleweight, gracious, quite lengthy. Clearly a very good wine, but I prefer Aux Brûlées today." (01/2018)

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.
Alcohol Content (%): 13