Harvested at 13.2% natural potential alcohol, the 2003 Echezeaux bursts with scents of dark fruits and spices. Medium to full-bodied and revealing a terrific liquid silk-like mouth-feel in the attack as well as mid-palate, this wine is filled with blackberries, black cherries, spices, and highly present, slightly firm tannin. Fresh, deep, and expressive, it reveals a long, structured finish.
Author: Pierre Rovani
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95
Saturated ruby-red. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, licorice, coffee, minerals and roasted nuts. Huge, full and creamy yet with harmonious acidity giving the wine shape and verve. Finishes with utterly suave tannins and explosive, building length. Wow! Jayer normally waits until his vines in the Hautes Cotes are ripe before he puts his pickers to work, with the result that the earlier-ripening Echezeaux normally achieves full phenolic maturity. In 2003, he didn't pick his first vineyard until early September.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2006
As it always is, this is the class of the cellar with almost no reduction framing the spicy and very ripe red and black fruit aromas that lead to big, powerful and robust flavors underpinned by bold, indeed almost rustic tannins and a concentrated, long and ultra intense finish. This will require the better part of a decade to be at its best as there is great underlying material but also ample tannic structure.