Robert Parker 90
I’ve never been totally convinced that the late, great Philippe Engel quite did the vintage worthy in 1998 and his Echézeaux Grand Cru testifies to that. It has a simple but nicely defined nose with decayed autumn leaves and pine sprinkled over the rustic red berry fruit. But there is a pleasant lift here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine acidity, nicely balanced with bitter cherry and sous-bois scents. It is a thoroughly enjoyable Burgundy at full maturity, yet it does not offer the panache of say, Engel’s 2002 Clos de Vougeot that I tasted in the same month. Drink this now and over the next 5 to 7 years. Tasted June 2015.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023