2015 Louis Jadot Echezeaux Grand Cru

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 92-94
Burghound: 91-94
Red Wine

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"Intense cherry, currant, floral, spice and mineral flavors are the hallmarks of this vibrant red. Layered nicely, remaining long and detailed despite tightening up on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2036.—B.S." (WS)

"The 2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a perfumed bouquet, a mixture of black and blue fruit, perhaps just a little smudged compared to others I have tasted, but with very impressive vigor. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red berry fruit, rounded and velvety in texture, gently building to an assured finish. If it can muster a notch more precision on the nose, then it may well deserve a higher evaluation, but it remains a very delicious and enticing prospect.

These tasting notes belong under the umbrella of "Louis Jadot", though it should be pointed out that these bottlings are under "Domaine Louis Jadot", that is to say that the company owns the vines rather than through contracts with growers. See also "Maison Louis Jadot", "Domaine Gagey" and "Domaine des Héritiers Jadot"." (WA)

"(from Les Rouges du Bas; harvested on September 11 with potential alcohol near 13.5%): Bright medium red. Pungent mineral lift to the black cherry and cassis aromas. At once sweet and penetrating, with brooding black cherry and blackcurrant flavors somewhat leavened by juicy saline minerality; in a distinctly dark-fruit style for Jadot's Echézeaux. Very firmly built but not hard. This very concentrated wine finishes with substantial ripe, building tannins and is likely to need more cellaring than the Clos Vougeot, which is not typical." (VM)

"This is very ripe though the black berry liqueur and spice aromas stop just short of surmaturité. The equally ripe, suave and caressing velvet-textured flavors display a mocha component on the slightly sweet and warm finish. As the description suggests, this was somewhat awkward though because of the excellent underlying material my range assumes that this manages to recover with time in bottle. I underscore though that is a prediction, not a guarantee." (BH)

Winery Notes
For viticultural purposes, the adjacent communes of Vosne-Romanée and Flagey-Echézeaux are considered to be one. At the very center 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 "climat," 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 neighboring 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 flavors and earthy, woodsy overtones. The finish is long and distinctive.