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.
“Huge dense purple black. Despite the massive weight this is a brilliantly floral style of Echezeaux. Whole bunches doubtless help. Sensual, savoury, pure, balanced and very long. With this suave, sweet, sensuality, I am in alpine raspberry territory. Really fine and supple. Tasted: November 2019” 95-97 Jasper Morris “Five Star Wine”
“The 2018 Echézeaux Grand Cru wafts from the glass with notes of raspberries, exotic spices, rose petals and grilled game bird. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, layered and enveloping, with a rich and enveloping profile that remains lively and succulent. Lavish and dramatic, this is a textural, aromatic Echézeaux.” 93-95 William Kelley