Terroir: The Grand Cru Echézeaux is an 86 acre terroir located in the village of Vosne Romanee. Domaine Jacques Prieur owns a 1 acre plot in the Champs Traversins parcel located in the heart of the vineyard. Soil here is thin and poor comprised of sandy gravel.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 19 days prior to fermentation. The wine ages for 17 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
"(these vines in Les Champs Traversins were harvested on October 2, with 13% natural alcohol, according to winemaker Nadine Gublin): Deep red-ruby. Very deep but unforthcoming nose hints at black raspberry, violet and minerals, with complicating torrefaction notes of chocolate and coffee. Boasts outstanding thickness without weight but shows a distinctly austere menthol quality and a long, slowly mounting finish indicating the balance to age. This may have been harvested late, but the black fruit, earth and spice qualities give this wine terrific drinkability. Finishes with very suave, fine-grained tannins. With its velour-like texture and superb intensity, I give this wine the edge over the Chambertin."
Score: 93 PointsDecanter Author: Unlisted
"Silky, textured subtle fruit, fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins. Made vines that are 60 years old or more."
"(13% natural alcohol): Bright, full ruby-red. Ripe but tight aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice pastille are lifted by a pungent peppery topnote. Dense, savory and youthfully reserved; less explosive today than the Chambertin but with terrific sappy depth to the extremely backward purple berry and violet flavors. This is an even colder microclimate than Chambertin, noted Nadine Gublin, who told me that the estate's grapes from the Cote de Nuits were of exceptional quality in 2012. Finishes with dusty tannins and outstanding length and energy."
"The 2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru comes from the 0.38-hectare parcel not far from those belonging to DRC with vines planted north to south. It has a powerful bouquet with abundant black and red berry fruit infused with dried flowers and a touch of spice. This is quite an extrovert bouquet for an Echezeaux. The palate is medium-bodied and is more restrained than the aromatics at the moment, with supple, linear, slightly chalky tannins that encase the brambly red berry profile. It cruises along nicely towards a tense, citrus-driven finish that just needs to develop a little more persistency in the mouth in order to complete the package."
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