Robert Parker 92
The 2014 Echézeaux Grand Cru was picked on 24, 25 and 26 September at 27.8 hectoliters per hectare. It offers an expressive bouquet, more vivacious than the 2012 Echézeaux, with scents of black plum, raspberry preserve and subtle limestone aromas. It unfolds with confidence in the glass. The palate is surprisingly structured on the entry, perhaps with ambitions towards its elder brother, the Grands Echézeaux. There is a gentle, slightly leafy quality to this Grand Cru, perhaps more masculine and reserved than other vintages tasted just after bottling. The aftertaste feels long with a cheeky pinch of black pepper. Probably one of the most approachable 2014s from the domaine, and just as likely to be drunk too young! 1,443 cases produced.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035
Colour is both darker and a little denser than the Corton. The aroma is darker too, more dark-red fruit and more wild. A clear stemmy (but fully ripe) freshness. More immediately aromatic than the Corton but less prettily scented. Firm, compact but supple tannins. More immediate impact on the palate than the Corton and although it is immensely long, it does not linger in quite the same way – leaving an imprint rather than drawing you along by the fingertips. There’s a whiff of smoky oak spice as well. With air, more earthy, more savoury. Tannins give a compact density on the finish. The acidity seems softer than on the Corton but there is no lack of freshness and those accentuate it. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2029-2050