Echézeaux

2017

The vineyard is situated in the lieu dit Rouges du bas, a parcel of just under one hectare situated in the heart of the Echézeaux, in the middle of the slope. The vineyards are planted on a north-south axis; average age of the vines is about 60 years old. 

Fermentation for this wine is 70% whole cluster; the fruit is put in tank without any crushing. A cold soak follows, then the alcoholic fermentation takes place with very little intervention,with pump-overs and punch-downs as needed. The wines are then gravity-fed into French oak barrels (100% new) for malolactic fermentation and aging. Bottled at the beginning of March.

92-94 points
"The 2017 Echézeaux Grand Cru comes from a 1.09-hectare parcel in the lieu-dit of Rouge de Bas; this cru includes 100% whole bunches. It has a tightly wound bouquet at first, gradually unfurling to reveal quite intense dark berry fruit laced with tea leaves and bay leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, crisp acidity, quite a masculine style and a stoic, rather aloof finish that might just require more flesh to counter the influence of the whole bunch stems. Let’s see how this matures in bottle"
Neal Martin,
Vinous
, October 2018
91-94 points
"This also display an abundance of floral characters though there is considerably more spice influence to the red currant and cool cherry scents. The sleeker if less muscular flavors also possess very good concentration where the copious sap imparts a beguiling texture on the even firmer and more serious finale. This is extremely promising but at the same time it's a wine to buy and forget."
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
, January 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB0426-17
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Sustainable