Louis Jadot / 2009 Echezeaux Grand Cru.

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Louis Jadot / 2009 Echezeaux Grand Cru.

Country/Region: France/Burgundy/Côte de Nuits.

ABV: 13.5%

Unit: 1 x 75cl Bottles.

Appellation Contrôlée: Grand Cru.

For viticultural purposes, the adjacent communes of Vosne-Romanée and Flagey-Echézeaux are considered to be one. At the very centre of the Côte de Nuits, Flagey-Echézeaux is bordered by Chambolle-Musigny on the north and Clos-Vougeot on the north and east; adjoining Flagey to the south, Vosne-Romanée is bordered on its own southern edge by Nuits-Saint-Georges. The two communes wrap around a contiguous slope of southeast and east exposure, in Vosne, to an east and northeast exposure in Flagey. Taken separately, Vosne- Romanée covers 388 acres and Flagey-Echézeaux 177 acres, but all the village level and premier cru vineyards of the latter fall under the Vosne-Romanée and Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru appellations; only the grands crus of Flagey-Echézeaux bear the commune name. Thus, of the 243 acres of Vosne-Romanée village vineyards, 210 lie in Vosne and 33 lie in Flagey. The fourteen premier cru vineyards cover just over 141 acres: eleven of these are in Vosne, two are in Flagey, and one is split between the two, with total acreage of 113 and 28 acres, respectively, in each commune. Annual production, which is exclusively in red wines, averages 5,386 hectolitres (64,950 cases) in the village and premier cru vineyards, with the grands crus contributing another 1,910 hectolitres (21,200 cases).

Between Vosne-Romanée and Flagey-Echézeaux there are seven grands crus, arguably the greatest of the Côte d'Or, whose names are synonymous with rarity and costliness. La Tâche, a vineyard of 14.98 acres, Romanée- Conti, with 4.46 acres, and La Romanée, a tiny parcel of 2.09 acres, all lie in Vosne-Romanée and are all solely-owned vineyards of single proprietors who have long produced and commercialized the totality of their production. Le Richebourg, covering 20 acres, and Romanée-Saint-Vivant, with 23 are in Vosne-Romanée, and are separated from the Flagey-Echéaux border by the premier cru of Les Suchots. Grands-Echézeaux and Echézeaux are in Flagey-Echézeaux and cover, respectively, 22.5 and 93 acres. While Grands-Echézeaux is a single "climate," Echézeaux covers eleven vineyard sites clustered around Grands- Echézeaux. Grands-Echézeaux may take the Echézeaux appellation, but not vice-versa. Echézeaux is slightly less concentrated and complex than Grands-Echézeaux, and in contrast to the elegant grands crus in neighbouring Vosne-Romanée, more robust. Domaine Louis Jadot is proprietor of .86 acres in Echézeaux purchased in 1995 which yields an intense, full and complex wine full of rich, ripe berry flavours and earthy, woodsy overtones. The finish is long and distinctive.

The 2009 Echezeaux comes across as tightly wound, a sign that bodes very well for the future. The wine begins to grow in the glass as the fruit gains volume and pure textural richness. Firm tannins frame an intense, powerful finish laced with tar, licorice, sweet spices and smoke. The Echezeaux’s best days lie many years from today. Readers who can wait will not be disappointed. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039 - Antonio Galloni / eRobertParker.com #200 Apr 2012.

Ratings: 94+ Points - eRobertParker.com #200 Apr 2012.

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