Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2011

The 2011 Pacalet Echezeaux is forward and expressive. The bouquet is bursting with sweet red fruit – raspberries, pomegranate, strawberries with a hint of violets. On the palate rich – almost silky – with sweet ripe red fruit – balanced by finely grained tannins and a crisp acidity. It has put on some wight the last year and is quite intense and weighty compared to most of the other wines from Pacalet. Love the airy fruit and the balance – a delightful Echezeaux.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Fine+ (93p) – Tasted 26/01/2013

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Echezeaux 2011

The 2011 Echezaux from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is a gorgeous wine in the making. In the nose quite abundant red berry fruit – raspberries and pomegranate – spiced with violets, peony rose, all spice and a touch of oak. On the palate rich, intense and silky – with a delicate almost opulent fruit – focused by a quite powerful framework of acidity and minerality. A outstanding effort for the vintage … what a gorgeous Echezeaux.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Fine (94p) – Tasted 09/12/2013

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Echezeaux 2007

The 2007 Echezaux is really starting to show the finesse and refinement. The nose is bursting with intense red berry fruit and a delicate fragrance of Vosne spices – with notes of peony rose, violets and all spice. On the palate gorgeous quite linear fruit with a lovely mineral complexity in the finish. It’s medium weight, focused but quite silky … with a very fine tension and energy in the vibrant finish. The oak is perfectly integrated and the complexity is really starting to unfold. When I tasted this wine for the first time back in 2009 … my initial thought was Jayer – I found the same effortless charm and refinement in this bottle … a gorgeous bottle on a fruit day.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 18/01/2014

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Domaine du Clos Frantin, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux is from a 0.99 ha plot located in the climate Champs Traversin in the top part of the vineyard. The nose show some reduction but also a beautiful floral and spicy fruit – backed up by a finely grained stony minerality. On the palate quite intense fruit interlinked with a gorgeous minerality – love the energy and mineralic tension. Is lighter than the clos de Vougeot – but also more focused and refined. A beautiful Echezeaux

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine (93 – 94p) – Tasted 13/09/2013 cask sample.

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Domaine Jayer-Gilles, Echezeaux 2002

Domaine Jayer-Gilles is one of the producers on the climate Echezeaux-Dessus – in the core of the original Echezeaux vineyard. The 2002 version of the Echezeaux is still quite youthful and tight but beginning to show. In the nose red and dark fruit, Vosne spices, hints of truffle and sous-bois. On the palate rich and intense fruit quite tight with quite a strong impression of oak. The fruit is quite abundant, and the complexity is increasing in the glass. I big and burly Echezeaux – as expected – need 5 to 10 years more to show the full potential.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2018) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 29/10/2013.

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux is getting better and better year after year. The terroir is very fine with old vines in very good plots on the climates Cruots and Champs Traversin. The nose is slightly reduced at the moment, but showing layers of juicy fruit and minerality – notes of cherries, strawberries, violets and peppar. On the palate layers intense and energetic fruit – supported by a multidimensional finely grained minerality. This quite floral wine is wonderfully balanced – powerful and yet very refined. A magnificent effort with true finesse and length – a great Echezeaux in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2028) – Outstanding (95 – 96p) – Tasted 13/09/2013 – from CASK

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Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux 2007

The 2007 Echezeaux from Emmanuel Rouget is still quite youthful but already offering a lot of pinot delights. In the bouquet lovely expressive red fruit with hints of rose petals and violets. On the palate lovely quite openly knit red fruit with a fine expression of terroir. The midpalate fruit is quite juicy and abundant – but perhaps it’s lacking a little depth like many other 2007s. The finish is however long and quite intense with a nice minerality. It’s certainly drinking well – love the balance and fruit expression – a delightful Echezeaux and a fine 2007.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Fine+ (93p) – Tasted 09/10/2013

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Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux 1998

The 1998 Echezeaux from Emmanuel Rouget is a lovely and very charming effort for the vintage. In the nose semimatured red fruit – complex – with hints of allspice, cinnamon and violets. On the palate quite intense and juicy red fruit with a fine midpalate density. It’s perfectly balanced and showing a long and lovely mineral infused finish. A refined Echezeaux and a very fine 1998 … will improve with further cellaring but is truly lovely now.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2015) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 03/10/2013

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Echezeaux 2010

The Echezeaux 2010 from Liger-Belair is in my view a masterpiece. The nose is crammed with layers of pure red berry fruit – raspberries, red currant and pomegranate – spiced with violets, a hint of peony rose and a vivid underlying minerality. On the palate intense yet transparent with multible layers of organic styled pure red berry fruit supported by a backbone of intense but refined minerality and a quite discrete underlying touch of oak. The finish is impressively long and filigree – and the midpalate is simply stunning with it’s intense silky opulence, delicacy and decadence – a worthy homage to the great Henri Jayer. The best Echezeaux I have tasted – what a wine!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Outstanding+ 96p – Tasted 03/07/2013.

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Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Pacalet is another succes in this vintage. The bouquet offer lovely quite expressive organic red berry fruit – with lovely spicy notes of violets, white peppar and peony rose. On the palate layers of quite dense and focused red fruit – with a slightly darker expression than the two Gevrey grand crus. It’s balanced, focused and quite tightly knit – with a fine freshness and minerality. A fine Echezeaux in the making – is it matching the beautiful 2010?

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine (93 – 94p) – Tasted 19/03/2013 from CASK

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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Echezeaux 2002

The Echezeaux 2002 from Domaine de la Romanee Conti is a lovely effort. In the bouquet fine sweet red berry fruit – raspberries and cherries – spiced with hints of violets and peony rose. The palate show layers of juicy pinot fruit. It’s well focused, with a lovely semi organic style in the finish. It’s quite transparent – with a nice “view” to the terroir. A little more backward than the bottle I tasted a year earlier. Is drinking well now, but need 5+ years more to gain full complexity. This is a beautiful and enjoyable wine – love the fruit in the good 2002s.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2016) – Very Fine (94p) – Tasted 20/05/2013

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Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2011

The 2011 Pacalet Echezeaux is very forward and expressive. The bouquet is crammed with sweet organic red fruit – raspberries, pomegranate, strawberries with a hint of violets and horseradish. On the palate rich – almost opulent – sweet red fruit – balaced by surprisingly abundant tannins. It’s really extrovert … but also quite firmly structured by the tannins and the crisp aciity. More muscular than most other wines from Pacalet – will be very interesting to follow.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 23/04/2013

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Echezeaux 2011

The Echezeaux 2011 from Liger-Belair is a lovely effort. Made from old vines in the very good climates Cruots and Champs Traversin.The nose is offering delicate red berry fruit with a lovely Vosne spicyness – notes of peppar, violets and peony rose. On the palate layers of fruit and mineralic aromas, powerful and yet refined. The core of sweet red fruit on the midpalate is quite seductive and the length is quite impressive – true grand cru poise.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine+ (93 – 95p) – Tasted 18/03/2013 – In Vosne – Barrel sample.

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Domaine Meo-Camuzet, Echezeaux 2011

The Echezeaux 2011 from Meo-Camuzet is a rich and quite impressive Echezeaux. The bouquet is bursting with dark berry fruit – notes of cassis, razzberries, liquorice and a quite intense earthy minerality. On the palate layers of dark pinot fruit – intense and quite cool. It’s powerful and with a very good weight for the vintage. The finish is long and focused with a fine expression of the Les Rouges du Bas terroir. Meo’s Echezeaux seems to get better and better – a fine effort.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine+ 92 – 93p – Tasted 18/03/2013 at the Trilogie in Vosne – Barrel sample.

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Jean Grivot, Echezeaux 2011

The Echezeaux 2011 from Grivot is another succes from his plot in the climate Les Cruots. The bouquet is open and ready to rock with a lovely stony minerality, crisp red berry fruit and some lovely spicy notes. On the palate lovely juicy fruit with a intense and quite muscular mineralic framework. Impressive midpalate intensity – and a long mineral infused finish. This is a true terroir wine – and one of the best wines made from Echezeaux in 2011.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Very Fine 94p – Tasted 18/03/2013 in Vosne-Romanee

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Domaine Jean Grivot, Echezeaux 2009

The Echezeaux 2009 from Jean Grivot is a gorgeous wine. The bouquet is crammed with minerality, red fruit – cherries, raspberries – and spiced with peony rose, allspice and liquorice. On the palate rich and harmonious red fruit – focused by the beautiful minerality from the Cruots climate – and finely balanced by the nice acidity. The fruit is very fresh and vibrant for a 2009. One of the best wines made on Echezeaux in 2009 – very impressive indeed.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine+ 94p – Tasted 28/03/2013

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Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux 2007

The Echezeaux 2007 from Emmanuel Rouget is currently showing very well. In the nose lovely expressive red fruit with hints of rose petals and liquorice. On the palate lovely quite openly knit red fruit with a fine expression of terroir. The midpalate is quite intense with a good energy – building up to the long and quite expressive finish. Perhaps lacking the refinement of the Echezeauxs from DRC and Liger-Belair – but love the balance and fruit expression – a fine and very enjoyable wine. Really impressive for the vintage!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Fine 92p – Tasted 03/03/2013

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Echezeaux 2007

The Echezeaux 2007 is a beautiful almost decadent wine. In the bouquet red and dark berry fruit wit a some lovely perfumed spices – liquorice, violets and peony rose. On the palate rich pinot fruit, almost silky tannins balanced by a fine mineralic backbone. Love the balance between power and refinement in this wine – and it’s display of terroir. Very impressive for the vintage … and showing more complexity than the previous bottle tasted in November 2012. This is a very fine and seductive wine – delightful juice!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Fine 93p – Tasted 03/03/2013

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Jean Grivot, Echezeaux 2007

The Echezeaux 2007 from Jean Grivot is a truly mineralic expression of the Echezeaux terroir. The bouquet is offering primary red berry fruit – spiced with slightly toasted oak notes and a superb minerality. On the palate fine concentration for the vintage …. quite muscular with a firm mineralic backbone from the beautiful Les Cruots terroir. The fruit is intense and weighty with a long intense mineral charged finish – with a slight vegetal note appearing after some time in the glass. Nevertheless – it’s a lovely Echezeaux – for those who love the mineralic style. Look out for the Grivot Echezeaux … it’s improving year after year.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Fine 92p – Tasted 03/03/2013

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The Echezeaux 2007 battle – a very close race!

One rarely have the chance to compare four of the very best wines from the Echezeaux vineyard. This was however the case earlier this week, where the Echezeaux 2007s from Grivot, Rouget, Liger-Belair and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti were served in one flght at a Burgundy tasting.

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These four produceres are, in my view, all among the very best on the Echezeaux vineyard – and quite evenly matched in most vintages. But how close are these wines directly compared – lets find out?!

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