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    2020-2035

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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Complex

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Perfectly balanced, Complex and Perfumed

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Immediate impression of that delightful Asian spice from a mature DRC, as well as truffles, sweet spice notes, root vegetables, coffee grinds and much more. Intense and aromatic. Layers of flavours come in waves. This is both mature and fresh, complex and alive. The aromatics are what really excite with this wine. Lovely long nuanced finish. Soft tannins and a slippery, subtle texture Still many years to go and showing no suggestion it won't look even better over the next five. The more time in the glass, the more this wine opened up. 1995 has long been one of my favourite DRC vintages and this, the supposed runt of the DRC litter, shows why. Impossible to imagine any other winery not being utterly delighted if this was their top offering.
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Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Echézeaux 1995  ( Domaine de la Romanée-Conti )

"Immediate impression of that delightful Asian spice from a mature DRC, as well as truffles, sweet spice notes, root vegetables, coffee grinds and much more. Intense and aromatic. Layers of flavours come in waves. This is both mature and fresh, complex and alive. The aromatics are what really excite with this wine.
Lovely long nuanced finish. Soft tannins and a slippery, subtle texture Still many years to go and showing no suggestion it won't look even better over the next five.
The more time in the glass, the more this wine opened up. 1995 has long been one of my favourite DRC vintages and this, the supposed runt of the DRC litter, shows why. Impossible to imagine any other winery not being utterly delighted if this was their top offering.
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