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    3 265
  • Producer ranking ?

    236
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Salmon with a mild butter sauce

The Story

The wine-growing village of Flagey-Échezeaux lies in the " Plain ", so-called, between Vougeot and Vosne-Romanée in the Côte de Nuits. Facing east, the Grands-Échezeaux vines are a prolongation of Musigny following the North-South axis of the Côte, but more regular and less broken in their layout. At the bottom end, the " Climat " known as La Combe d'Orveau separates them from Musigny. The Échezeaux vineyards, for their part, divide the Clos de Vougeot from the Premier Cru vines of Vosne-Romanée.
Grands-Échezeaux and Échezeaux both date their Grands Crus AOCs from July 31, 1937. Like the Clos de Vougeot (from which they are separated only by a wall), they were founded by the monks of the abbey of Cîteaux and date from the 12th and 13th centuries. Their name derives from chesaux, a word of Gallo-Roman origin meaning a group of dwellings, presumably referring to an ancient hamlet.

Belonging geologically to the Jurassic (175 million years BC), the GrandsÉchezeaux vineyards are fairly homogeneous and lie close to the upper part of the Clos de Vougeot. Gradient: 3-4%. Soil: clay-limestone overlying Bajocien limestone. Altitudes: 250 metres. The Échezeaux Climats have more diverse soils (largely bajocien marls with pebbly overlay). Altitudes vary from 230 to a little over 300 metres (13% gradient at mid-slope). Up-slope, the soil is deep (70-80 cm). Gravels, red alluvium, yellowish marl, etc., make up quite a complex mosaic.

Red: its colour is ruby, shading towards the darker tones of magenta and purple. Its bouquet is redolent of animal, spice notes, underbrush, and prune, evolving with age towards musk, leather, fur and mushroom. When young, its aromas suggest rose, violet and fresh cherry. On the palate, there is a heightened attack and an agreeable balance between supple tannins and fully-rounded flavour. The dense texture and tight grain of these wines fully open after 4-5 years in the cellar.

Wines so powerful and full demand to be matched with dishes of the same calibre. Virile, four-sided tannins cry out for roast lamb, rib steak, or joints of game. Autumn and winter dishes in the right setting match the profound and meaty personality of these great wines : braised beef or pork, for example, or any other good red meat. Fine, whole-milk, soft-centred cheeses will also do them proud.

Serving temperature : 15 to 16 °C.

 

 


 

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Cherry Red and Bright

ending

Long and Lingering

flavors

Blackberry, Cranberry, Cherry, Violet and Smoky

nose

Ripe, Refined, Volatile and Open

taste

High in Acidity, Low tannin, Balanced, Developing, Medium-bodied, One-dimensional, Elegant and Silky tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated

Written Notes

The 1990 DRC Echezeaux had wet bamboo and tree frog in its nose, with The Mogul finding ‘Lord of the Rings trees.’ We were on the same page, although my trees didn’t walk and talk lol. There was lots of rainforest action in this DRC, with a cedary pitch. It was a tasty and complex Burg (94).
  • 94p

Fully mature colour. Rich, spicy and aromatic, if not that stylish on the nose. More 1990 than Echézeaux. Full bodied, concentrated, balanced. Good backbone and depth, in a slightly gamey sort of way. Very good indeed. Now to 2020.

Moderately pale cherry red colour. Elegantly wild nose with cherries and cranberries, touch of volatile aromas, licorice and smoke with earthy aromas. Dry, crisp palate with mellow tannins and moderate fruit intensity of ripe brambles and violety nuances. Long balanced little two-dimensional finish. Decant for 2 hours. At its peak in 2020.
  • 88p

Information

Origin

Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

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 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  Echézeaux 1990  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

Fully mature colour. Rich, spicy and aromatic, if not that stylish on the nose. More 1990 than Echézeaux. Full bodied, concentrated, balanced. Good backbone and depth, in a slightly gamey sort of way. Very good indeed. Now to 2020.

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88p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Echézeaux 1990  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

"Moderately pale cherry red colour. Elegantly wild nose with cherries and cranberries, touch of volatile aromas, licorice and smoke with earthy aromas. Dry, crisp palate with mellow tannins and moderate fruit intensity of ripe brambles and violety nuances. Long balanced little two-dimensional finish.

Decant for 2 hours. At its peak in 2020."

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94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Echézeaux 1990  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

"The 1990 DRC Echezeaux had wet bamboo and tree frog in its nose, with The Mogul finding ‘Lord of the Rings trees.’ We were on the same page, although my trees didn’t walk and talk lol. There was lots of rainforest action in this DRC, with a cedary pitch. It was a tasty and complex Burg (94)."

4y 6m ago

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