2009 Joseph Drouhin Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92
Burghound: 95
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Grands-Echezeaux is an opulent, full-bodied wine for the house. This is all about texture and richness, as the fruit is very much on the overt side. It will be fascinating to see how the Grands-Echezeaux will develop in the coming years. This finishes with substantial energy and polish. The Grands-Echezeaux is all estate fruit from old vines. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039.

Drouhin farms 75 hectares of vineyards according to biodynamic principles. Maceration and fermentation lasts about three weeks. The wines are then racked into oak in a cold part of the cellar to slow down the malos, although in 2009 they were entirely done by December. The estate leaves the wines on their lees for several months with one racking, or two if needed, prior to being assembled for bottling. New oak ranges from 25% for the entry-level wines to 50-65% for the grand crus. Veronique Drouhin thinks the 2009s will stay open throughout their lives, much as the 1985s have. All of these 2009s were bottled between early December, 2010 and January, 2011." (WA)

"A ripe yet airy and fresh nose speaks of spice and pure plum aromas that display background hints of cassis and floral aromas that are followed by intense, powerful and broad-shouldered flavors that possess superb depth of material and knockout complexity on the hugely long finish. This is very serious juice that is most impressive." (BH)