The Grands-Echezeaux is seeing a revival in these years with producers like Georges Noëllat, Domaine Robert Sirugue, and Jean-Marc Millot improving the quality tremendously and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti also seem to have taken a big step forward quality wise with the Grands-Echezeaux.
In this article I will take a closer look at the Domaine Coquard Loison-Fleurot Grands-Echezeaux, one of the brightest new stars in Burgundy.
Coquard Loison-Fleurot has taken a giant leap forward quality wise, with the talented winemaker Thomas Colladot who has taken the style and quality to a new levels the last couple of years.
The Grand Echezeaux is the top wine of the Coquard Loison-Flerot lineup despite the multitude of Grand Cru wines in the fine collection.
So lets take a closer look at the CLF Grands-Echezeaux.
Climate and location
The Grands-Echezeaux vineyard is located just above Clos des Vougeot, and below the core climates of Echezeaux – Les Poulailleres and Echezeaux du Dessus.
The total area of Grands Echezeaux is 9.14 ha, and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti owns 3.53 ha equivalent to almost 40% of the vineyard.
The other owners today are the following estates:
- Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – 3.5263 ha
- Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret – 1.4440 ha
- Domaine Thenard – 0.54 ha
- Domaine d’Eugenie – 0.50 ha
- Maison Joseph Drouhin – 0.47 ha
- Maison Henri de Villamont
- Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur – 0.3662 ha
- Domaine Desaunay-Bissey- 0.34 ha
- Domaine Lamarche – 0.3007 ha
- Domaine Georges Noëllat – 0.30 ha
- Domaine Clos Frantin – 0.25 ha
- Domaine Jean-Marc-Millot – 0.2015 ha
- Domaine Coquard-Loison-Fleurot – 0.1755 ha
- Domaine Robert Sirugue – 0.12 ha
The ownership history of Grands Echezeaux
As many other vineyards in the area Grands-Echezeaux was for decades owned by the abbey of Citeaux, but was sold off during or after the revolution. According to Gert Crum5 the Marey family acquired Grands-Echezeaux after the revolution.
Lavalle1 mention Duveaux (Duvault) as one of the owners in 1855 – thus indicating that the predecessors/ancestors of the current DRC owners already had acquired at least some of these plots when Lavalle wrote his book. Marey is not mentioned as a owner by Lavalle, and its therefore likely that they sold of the vineyard in pieces … including the plot to Duvault.
Lavalle mention the following owners in 1855:
- de Bahezre
In Danguy & Aubertin2 (1892) Duvaux was mentioned again among the six owners on Grands-Echezeaux, the following owners was mentioned:
- le Dr Chanut
Mongeard was mentioned already by Danguy & Aubertin, as owner and has kept this position until today.
Finally Rodier3 (1920) mentioned de Villaine and Chambon as owners thus confirming the DRC ownership – Rodier mentioned owners below:
From the Rodier listing we also find Gros, Lamarche, and Grivelet-Modot (presumably the Grivelet plot that was sold to Bichot in connection with the Clos Frantin deal). Interestingly Rodier does not mention Mongeard amongst the owners in 1920 – but presumably Mongeard had it’s share of the ownership in 1920 also.
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