2015 Domaine Dujac Echézeaux Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1312286 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An exuberantly spicy and fresh nose displays a wonderful array of liqueur-like black cherry aromas that are liberally laced by notes of tea, lavender and hoisin. There is both fine richness and volume to the medium-bodied and caressing flavors that tighten up on the firm and beautifully well-balanced finish. This understated effort should be approachable after only 7 to 8 years of bottle age though reward 12 to 15, perhaps even longer.  (1/2017)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Echézeaux from Domaine Dujac is another outstanding wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, very elegant and again, sappy, as it delivers a fine constellation of red and black cherries, dark chocolate, gamebird, woodsmoke, dark soil tones, vanillin oak and an exotic topnote of lavender. On the palate the wine is pure, sappy and full-bodied, with a lovely core of fruit, refined, seamless tannins, good acids and excellent length and grip on the soil-driven and very promising finish. 2025-2075+.  (1/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a sense of brightness on the nose that actually reminded me of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti! There is a sense of effervescence and vibrancy in situ, conveying a wine with a sense of purpose. With time, there is a touch of wilted rose petal complementing the fruit aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe red berry fruit, orange pith and a touch of sea salt. It shows very good length with a very precise finish, a "complete" Echézeaux that does much to impress.(NM)  (12/2016)

94 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red. Perfumed aromas of maraschino cherry, dried flowers and red licorice. Silky, juicy and fine-grained, conveying terrific intensity and a light touch to its red fruit, milk chocolate and mint flavors. The tactile, palate-staining finish features noble tannins. I find this more typical and more aromatic than the 2016 version. The yield here was under 25 hectoliters per hectare, according to Jeremy Seysses, but the wine showed a distinctly relaxed quality. (ST)  (1/2018)

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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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- 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.
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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.