Again, the theme of knee buckling beauty and class continues with this oh-so-deliciously-fascinating contrast with the 1er cru Orveaux. In fact, Isabelle (Jean-Pierre’s wife) told me that when tasting this, she compares it to an emotion like tasting petit Jesú dans des culottes de velour (baby Jesus in velvet underwear), or as some Belgian clients put it more crudely, like drinking the peepee of baby Jesus….. ;0 It is that kind of seriously profound, emotion provoking pleasure….This is from contiguous vines in the Orveaux portion of the Echezeaux Grand cru, and you can sense clear as day the merits of the hierarchy. Even deeper in aromatic and flavor depth, with all things amplified a bit in their intensity, both floral, fruit, and mineral. This is an essence of upper slope Echezeaux; once again, this is reference point good….a little * awarded here. This is plain incredible wine at its transcendent best.
“The 2017 Echézeaux Grand Cru is striking, offering up a lovely bouquet of sweet potpourri, rose petal, juicy cherries, cassis, wood smoke and dark chocolate. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, ample and multidimensional, framed by a broad-shouldered chassis of rich but ripe structuring tannin that’s cloaked in a generous core of fleshy fruit, concluding with a long finish. More expansive than the blockier Clos de Vougeot, this gets my nod as Guyon’s finest 2017, though only tasting from bottle will confirm that intuition.” 93-95 William Kelley
“Rich dark colour, essence of roses on the nose, worth many a return sniff, very ripe evidently but not over the top. All new wood but doesn’t show unless by adding some tannins at the back, which work well. Beautiful fragrance throughout and just enough tension. Super ripe, super seductive. Tasted: November 2018.” 94-97 Jasper Morris