Echézeaux du Dessus – the heart of Echézeaux

One of the first articles I made for this blog was an article about Echézeaux. While the article have been very popular with the readers, it really needs an update … so I have planned a series of articles about the Echézeaux vineyard.

The first article is about the very the core of the Echézeaux vineyard – the climate called Echézeaux du Dessus.

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Photo: Echézeaux du Dessus seen from north – with Les Poulailleres in the foreground.

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Discovering Echézeaux in detail – the project!

One of the first articles I made for this blog was an article about Echézeaux. While the article have been very popular with the readers, it really needs an update … so here we go.

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Echézeaux is a very large and complex vineyard, and its therefore impossible to make one article, that covers all the topics around this extensive grand cru.

I’m therefore planning a series of articles covering different Echézeaux topics … and these will in the end be merged in some way to form the complete Echézeaux guide.

This is indeed a daunting task … as the Echézeaux vineyard is fragmented into more than 250 plots, and there are in total more than 50 owners on this large grand cru.

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Domaine Forey Père et Fils, Vosne-Romanee 2012

The Vosne Romanee Village 2012 from Regis Forey is a very nice effort. The nose is offering pure red and dark berry fruit … nice Vosne spicyness and a quite earthy minerality … coming from vineyards located around Clos de Vougeot. On the palate quite rich and velvet for this level … good weight. The finish is quite persistant with a slight dryness of tannins in the finish. Need time to unfold – perhaps slightly closed due to recent bottling – but the vintage with its abundant fruit really suits this wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Good+ – (87 – 88 p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Photo: Regis Forey at Grand Jours de Bourgogne

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Domaine Forey Père et Fils, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Regis Forey is showing more forward accessibility than the serious Gaudichots. The bouquet display layers of juicy red fruit spiced with a nice minerality and notes of violets, cinnamon and allspice. On the palate quite rich relatively dark pinot fruit … lovely core of energetic fruit .. pure and with a very nice depth. Very well balanced with a lovely expression of terroir.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine+ – (92 – 93p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Photo: Regis Forey at Grand Jours de Bourgogne

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Chateau de la Tour, Clos de Vougeot 2012

The Clos de Vougeot 2012 from Chateau de la Tour is a fine effort. The nose is showing nice intense and quite serious red and dark fruit … spiced with a lovely earthy minerality and quite a dose of oak. On the palate layers of juicy fruit … fine concentration .. with a nice vibrancy and a long intense finish with a good terroir expression. Its well balanced but lacking a bit of the weight and depth of the Vieilles Vignes version. Nevertheless a quite lovely Clos de Vougeot.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Fine+ – (93p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Chateau de la Tour, Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012

The Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012 from Chateau de la Tour is a very impressive effort – made from very old wines. The nose is crammed with intense quite serious red and dark fruit … spiced with a deep earthy minerality and a healthy dose of oak. On the palate layers of weighty fruit … excellent concentration .. with a nice vibrancy and a long intense finish with a lovely terroir impression. Very well balanced .. with an old school expression .. will need plenty of time in the cellar. A very impressive Clos de Vougeot … one of the best wines I have tasted from this vineyard.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2028) – Very Fine+ – (95p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Terroir insight – DRC Grands-Echezeaux

The Grands-Echezeaux is somehow the slightly overlooked wine in the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti lineup. It is however a magnificent wine in its own right, but is of course somewhat overshadowed by the four top reds – Richebourg, Romanee Saint-Vivant, La Tâche and Romanee-Conti.

In this article I will take a closer look at the DRC Grands-Echezeaux, with focus on the location of the plots its produced from.

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Domaine Forey Père et Fils, Vosne Les Gaudichots 2012

The Vosne Romanee Les Gaudichots 2012 from Regis Forey is a serious wine for the vintage. Made from very old wines – planted in 1930 – on the vineyard located just next to and above the mighty La Tache. The bouquet display layers of deep red fruit and a powerful minerality with intense Vosne spices – notes of peony rose and violets. On the palate layers of rich relatively dark pinot fruit – pure and with fine depth and quite ample tannins for a 2012. The mineralic backbone of this wine is impressive – and the finish is very focused and persistent. Slightly closed due to recent bottling.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Fine – (93p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Photo: Regis Forey at Grand Jours de Bourgogne

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Domaine Robert Sirugue, Vosne-Romanee 2012

The Vosne-Romanee 2012 is a quite delicate and honest village . The bouquet is offering pure juicy red fruit … with a quite lovely Vosne minerality. On the palate good midpalate fruit … forward and pure. It is a step in the right direction from the 2011 … but is in my view still lacking a bit of weight and concentration to match the big boys and girls. Nevertheless … its very enjoyable with a good expression of terroir – whats not to like!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Good+ (87 – 88p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Domaine Robert Sirugue, Vosne-Romanee Les Petits Monts 2012

The Vosne-Romanee Les Petits-Monts 2012 from Sirugue represent another step up in quality for Domaine Sirugue. The bouquet is offering pure juicy red fruit … intense with lovely Vosne minerality and spices – notes of violets, peony rose and a hint of oak. On the palate layers of rich fruit – medium weight – focused by a lovely minerality. A very charming effort with a lovely expression of Vosne terroir – a delightful 1er cru.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine+ (91 – 92p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Philippe Pacalet, Pommard 2013

The Pommard village is more expressive and charming than the quite serious Gevrey village. In the bouquet rather delicate red and dark fruit – quite floral – with lovely notes of red and dark cherries – spiced with hints of cinnamon and white peppar. On the palate quite expressive fruit, well structured with a fine depth for this level. Lovely Pommard village ….

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Very Good (87 – 88p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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La Tâche – a historic view on a legendary grand cru

La Tâche is a legendary grand cru with a quite interesting history. It has always been a monopole – but nevertheless the monopole status have been challenged and the vineyard expanded quite dramatically within the last 100 years.

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The history of La Tâche involves some of the most prominent domaines in Vosne, the neighburing Les Gaudichots and last but not least a great terroir and some gorgeous wines.

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Philippe Pacalet, Nuits-Saint-Georges 2013

The Nuits-Saint-Georges village is a step up in concentration from the Gevrey village. In the nose lovely ripe pinot fruit, with notes of red and dark cherries and raspberries – spiced up with cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. On the palate rich and sturdy, showing true Nuits-Saint-Georges character. Quite impressed by the layers of intense vibrant fruit – and the matching framework of tannins and minerality.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good – - (88 – 89p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle-Musigny 2013

The Chambolle village is as always a step up in delicacy and refinement. The bouquet is slightly closed – but still showing fine notes of raspberries and cherries – spiced with hints of allspice and cinnamon. On the palate quite rubust fruit – intense with a playful Chambolle minerality. More tannins than usual – but still quite juicy with a good energy and nerve. A lovely expressive Chambolle village … cant rival the gorgeous 2010 and the 2012 though.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Very Good (87 – 88p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Domaine Robert Sirugue, Grands Echezeaux 2012

The Grands Echezeaux 2012 from Sirugue represent another step up in quality for Domaine Sirugue. The bouquet is offering layers of juicy red fruit … intense with lovely Vosne minerality and spices. On the palate layers of rich and velvet fruit – a sumptuous and quite openly knit wine – very typical for the terroir. It has charm, poise and the concentration is there .. a quite gorgeous Grands Echezeaux in the making. Keep an eye on Domaine Robert Sirugue … they are improving each year … the 2012 are delightful.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Philippe Pacalet, Vosne-Romanee 2013

The Vosne-Romanee village is a notch up in quality. The bouquet is slightly reduced but crammed with layers of red and dark berry fruit – notes of raspberries and cassis – discretely spiced with violets, cinnamon and white peppar.The fruit is somewhat more compact than the ofther village wines, and show additional depth, focus and nuances – impressive for this level. A lovely intense village with a nice terroir expression.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good+ – (88 – 90p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin 2013

The Gevrey Chambertin show fine quite delicate red and dark berry fruit – good depth with notes of cherries and raspberries – hints of allspice and a earthy minerality. On the palate aromatic red and dark fruits, a fine power for this level with a good nerve from the strudy acidity. Its surprisingly dark in the fruit and will require some time to unfold.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Good – (86 – 87p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Bruno Clavelier, Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts 2011

The Vosne Les Beaux Monts is quite accessible for a young Clavelier. The nose is offering a intense and Vosne spicy expression of red berry fruit with hints of violets and liqourice and the classic Clavelier elderberries. On the palate quite intense and balanced with a good midpalate concentration of juicy pinot fruit. The minerality is refined and focused – providing a solid framework for the fruit. Clavelier have made some lovely 2011s.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine – (91p) – Tasted 29/06/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle-Musigny 2012

The Chambolle-Musigny 2012 is gorgeaus and perhaps even better than expected. The nose is popping with red fruits – cherries, boysen berries, raspberries .. vibrant and juicy with a quite pronounced Chambolle minerality. On the palate medium weight with a lovely balance between the juicy fresh fruit and the underlying chambolle minerality. A terroir driven village with a lovely acidity … focused, energetic and vibrant … love it.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Good+ (90p) – Tasted 01/08/2014

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