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2017 DRC Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Échézeaux Grand Cru

SKU #1478678 94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Delicate, light and pale in colour, this pure, scented Échézeaux shows how well the vines bounced back from the catastrophic 2016 harvest, when frost resulted in super concentrated yields of only 6hl/ha. Spicy, savoury and appealingly perfumed, with notes of red berries, fresh tobacco and green malt from 75% whole cluster fermentation, medium weight, sappy tannins, redcurrant and raspberry fruit and a slightly bitter, almost medicinal undertone. (TA) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The flamboyant 2017 Échézeaux Grand Cru is especially good this year, bursting from the glass with an extravagant bouquet of wild berries, rose petals, cinnamon, smoked duck and Asian spices. On the palate, it's full-bodied, supple and velvety, with an expansive attack and superb depth and amplitude, its fleshy core of fruit framed by fine, melting tannins. Reminiscent of a modern-day version of the Domaine's 1985 Échézeaux, this is another 2017 that has gained appreciably with its final months of élevage. Picked on the 18th, this was where the estate's harvest concluded. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Echézeaux Grand Cru is similarly lifted, with a bit darker fruit and more structure than the Corton. A deceptive, beguiling Burgundy, the 2017 shows the mid-weight structure of the year. Here too, time in the glass brings out the wine’s vertical feel and overall intensity. The 2017 needs time to soften, but it is incredibly persistent and impeccable in its balance. Readers should expect an especially austere Echézeaux that is going to require cellaring. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Shy in aromas, the 2017 Echézeaux hints at cherry, currant and light floral notes. It is nonetheless silky and elegant, with fine intensity to the berry flavors, ending with elements of spice and mineral. (BS) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A completely different nose offers up much spicier and slightly toastier aromas of red currant, pomegranate, sandalwood and an interesting hint of incense. There is excellent vibrancy to the attractively textured middle weight flavors that don't have the minerality of the Corton but do offer slightly better depth and precision on the lingering finale that is shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins. This should be approachable a bit earlier than usual. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Great intensity and charm on the nose. Round and rich. Already a complete charmer. Great freshness and ferny quality on the end. Complete. Earlyish maturing. Dry finish but very readable already. 18+/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

94-96pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Bright even purple. Very light reduction here, also the stems come out very well. Lifted purple fruit, seems quite exotic and full of energy before refining back to greater elegance, and beautifully long. Could use a little more elegance but this is so fine and graceful. For interest, we also tried the same wine in a cigar shaped barrel, the idea being to keep the wine more in touch with its lees. It showed the oak more and the whole bunch effect less, with a greater intensity of red- and black-currant fruit, and a touch more acidity. Very interesting. Tasted November 2018."

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