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rené engel’s 1996 grands-echézeaux

engel-1996-grands-echezeaux

Last time I opened one of these – which was easily 10 years ago – it was that rare wine that was completely closed for business; in every respect you would have found more enjoyment in a Bourgogne Rouge. Let us have another try…

1996 René Engel, Grands-Echézeaux
Tending to a watery rim, but the colour remains saturated at its core. Very, very understated though deep aromas of soil, graphite and a faint spice – and you have to swirl to find those! In the mouth this wine is still a baby; it’s intense with a quickly growing base of tannin – the acidity also grows quickly, focusing the intensity, though also offering that faintly metallic aspect that is common in 96s. The mid-palate slowly leaches some sweetness of fruit onto your tongue. The flavour lasting very long in the finish. There remains high potential here, but I’m thinking the best part of another decade is needed to achieve it.
Rebuy – Yes

2 responses to “rené engel’s 1996 grands-echézeaux”

  1. Brian Guinan

    You should try the 2004 Bill, open, taut and luscious and the only completely un-green example from that year I’ve had (although I’m definitely if not as sensitive then less bothered than you) The only truly Grand Cru experience I’ve had in the 6 months either side, not for lack of application mind you

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