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2010 Marchand Pascal, EchézeauxMay. 2012
After the Corton, here the nose is more obviously complex – a clear Vosne vernacular – but for all that it’s less precise and focused than the Corton – but with width and depth, a wine of scale. In the moth it’s rounder, more visible tannin than the Corton but like all these wines the structure shows restraint even though there’s a faint hint of ‘grab’. Super.
2001 Drouhin Joseph, EchézeauxApr. 2012
Medium colour. The nose offers occasional floral flashes, there is little on show here, perhaps just a little warm brown sugar. Sweetness of fruit and just a faint sour edge to good acidity. There’s a nice core of flavour, still with a faint rasp of tannin and quite some complexity – like a creamy cinnamon flavour but it’s all in the mid-palate and finish. This, grand cru or not, is a wine of subtle complexity rather than intensity and/or concentration. There should be no rush to drink this, but this is hardly even a middle-weight of a wine – that said, it was lovely!
2006 Comte Liger-Belair, EchézeauxMay. 2011
Much aromatic complexity – warming the glass brings more density of fruit. Full but balanced, supple concentration – another wine of understated but impressive length. Less ‘woody’ than a bottle last September – just lovely, covetable wine.
2008 Comte Liger-Belair, EchézeauxMay. 2011
Medium-plus colour. Floral – roses and violets. Textured, partly the tannin but interestingly so, yet this is quickly forgotten given the gorgeous flavour. Can you (ever) have enough of this wine…(?)
2009 Lamarche Francois, EchézeauxApr. 2011
Again the nose is deep and dark. The texture is more plush than the 1er crus but full of mouth-wrapping fine tannin too – this really is a step up in ‘volume’ for everything – surprising that I find it lacking a bit of character then(?)
2000 Romanée-Conti, EchézeauxMar. 2011
There is ripeness and some cooked fruit preserve on the nose – I was tempted to guess 2003. Fills the mouth with round, lingering flavours and still quite cunky tannins. Very long. Seems fresher than a relatively recent (2 years…) Romanée St.Vivant from the same vintage.
1966 Romanée-Conti, EchézeauxMar. 2011
The nose is floral with a beautiful core of red fruit. Still some tannin, effortless balance though certainly without the power and impact of the younger wines. A beautiful wine whose flavours linger, but not as long as the impression it makes!
2009 Clos Frantin, EchézeauxMar. 2011
Aromas of ripe fruit-conserve – dark fruit too. Fine tannin with lots of cream-edged fruit. This wine makes an impression this lingers well in the finish.
2008 Clos Frantin, EchézeauxMar. 2011
Tighter aromas. This seems rounder than the 09 and has managed to almost completely bury its structure. The acidity draws out more and more flavour in the finish.
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