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.
(from a .36 ha parcel located in the climate of Champs Traversin). Decidedly ripe yet much fresher aromas combine to present notes of cassis, plum and spiced Asian-style tea. The suave, velvety and plump yet muscular flavors possess better punch along with plenty of sappy dry extract that does a fine job of buffering the moderately firm tannic spine on the dusty and impressively persistent finish. This is well structured but not hard or particularly austere and like the Clos de Vougeot I would anticipate that it could be approached after 6 to 8 years of bottle age.
(70% new oak; destemmed; this fruit was harvested last, on September 11): Dark, bright red-ruby. Captivating subtle perfume of red berries, peony and spices, plus a whiff of tobacco. Thirst-quenching, saline wine (the pH is a moderate 3.4) with outstanding intensity but a magically light touch to its slightly wild flavors of black and blue fruits, minerals, menthol and mint framed by pungent juicy acidity. Finishes with outstanding rising length and lift. It's hardly the first time that this wine from the lieu-dit Les Champs Traversins has stood out in the Domaine Prieur line-up. This wine should easily last for 25 years
The 2015 Echzeaux Grand Cru has a very opulent bouquet, quite rich compared to others that I tasted, a touch of fresh dates and fig giving away the warmth of the growing season. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry with fleshy ripe black fruit, salted licorice developing on the second half that feels powerful and long. It will need several years to gain composure but it has the substance to suggest long-term ageing.
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