GJB: Echézeaux – 2012



A range of 2012 Echézeaux, tasted with their producers in Vougeot, 17 March, 2014.

Can you imagine the disappointment on my face when I reached the tasting station of Joseph Drouhin, having seen their magnum – only at the last moment to realise it was actually Grands-Echézeaux – oh, never was someone so disappointed to find a GE! 😉

Listed in the order of tasting:

Daniel Rion, Echézeaux
High tones and plenty of herbs and spice. Depth and texture – though there’s a faint reduction too. Lovely lingering flavour. Very tasty.

Jean Tardy, Echézeaux Les Treux
Lots of aromatic width – this is lovely – a really fine aromatic. In the mouth it’s a little soft, but with a complex and growing width. A wine that slowly but surely envelopes you.

des Perdrix, Echézeaux du Dessus
Here is a nice aromatic depth. Wide a little CO2 but there’s lots of dimension and very good flavour too.

Nudant et Fils, Echézeaux
Wide, flighty, some herbs and sweetness of fruit. I find good width and a nice texture here – nothing not to like.

Cécile Tremblay, Echézeaux du Dessus
Floral and gorgeously perfumed. In the mouth the flavour seems a little more diffuse but it’s also very, very complex and shows very pretty fruit indeed.

Georges Noellat, Echézeaux
Wide, faintly Vosne-spiced – a welcoming and pretty nose. In the moth it’s wide and sweet with good depth. It’s a very impressive mid-palate flavour that pushes well into the finish. Despite its many barrel-references, this is very nice indeed.
Georges Mugneret-Gibourg, Echézeaux
A wide, oak-influenced, but very, very pretty nose. Lovely width of flavour that goes very long. This is super, and like the Noellat has a lot of barrel references today, today it’s just a little more diffuse than that wine.
Mongeard-Mugneret, Echézeaux
Wide and interesting with less barrel aromas. There’s super width, focus and density here – I find this very lovely indeed!

Dominique Mugneret, Echézeaux
A higher-toned nose with a little more freshness than many – if not density. Good complexity here, and there’s fruit flavour too, not oak!

Arnoux-Lachaux, Echézeaux
The nose is high-toned and also offers a few herbs – but not oak – a ‘traditional’ spicy width too. Softly textured, lovely fruit that brings beautiful flavours. Yum!

Clos Frantin, Echézeaux
There’s a little reduction – swirling removes it – showing herbs and spices. There’s very good texture and density here – a wine of heft with fine tannin and very, very good fruit. Super!

Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils, Echézeaux
A higher-toned aromatic – of fruit and flowers – it’s very pretty. Not the widest, nor the deepest of flavours, but the fruit remains rather tasty. Faint but very good length. It’s very nice wine, but compared to many here, more of a middle-weight – particularly when following the Clos Frantin.

Jacques Cacheaux, Echézeaux
Wide, high-toned fruit. There’s lots of wine here; growing depth and super complexity – but it’s completely unruly and a little rustic. Frankly a brilliant and brusque character.

Confuron-Cotetidot, Echézeaux
A fine floral aromatic. A full palate with lots and lots of faintly astringent tannin that coats all available surfaces – bringing a bitter-chocolate impression. There’s gorgeous fruit here though and it’s very long too. A wine that will require plenty of patience, but a wine of distinction.
Faiveley, Echézeaux
A wide aromatic of fruits and high-tones, almost Chambolle in character! Silky and with growing concentration – blocky, grippy tannin in the middle. Simply excellent.

Confuron-Gindre, Echézeaux
Lots of high-tones on the nose – maybe a little too much? In the mouth there’s really great flavour though and plenty of dimension to it. Unsure about the aromatic but love the flavour.

Regis Forey, Echézeaux
High tones and overall quite a pretty nose. Width and good texture with very good density of fruit flavour. Good wine here.

Anne Gros, Echézeaux Les Loacheuses
Here is a lovely aromatic depth of fruit and flowers. Great width with plenty of flavour to match the structure. Beautiful length too. Really super wine.

Gros Frère et Soeur, Echézeaux
The nose is high-toned, perhaps too much as it’s almost estery. Mouth-filling. Executive texture and very good flavour. This wine leaves a very fine impression in the mouth but needs attention to the aromatic.

Guyon, Echézeaux
A deep, concentrated and very impressive red-fruited nose. Full of structure, slowly leaching very pretty flavours from your gums. Very good!

François Lamarche, Echézeaux
A little reduction on the nose. A fine, open palate that majors on flavour to the extent that the strucure is something in the background. Very tasty.

Comte Liger-Belair, Echézeaux
High tones and pretty florals top the lovely, padded creamy depth of the nose. Lithe and dynamic, a wine that’s not overtly concentrated compared to others, but majors on complexity and a brilliant length of flavour.

Jean-Marc Millot, Echézeaux
A width of aroma that majors on herbs. A lovely width and flavour – it catches you by surprise given the ‘average’ nose. I don’t know this producer but this is a very good wine.

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There is one response to “GJB: Echézeaux – 2012”

  1. Sycamore29th May 2014 at 2:16 amPermalinkReply

    Millot is, in my humble opinion, a fabulouos producer. Outstanding V-R village and Suchots. Both the Echezeaux and Vougeot show tremendously well in the 15-20 year range.

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