2010 DRC - Grands-Echezeaux 1.5L

France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Flagey Echezeaux | Grand Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-96

The 2010 Grands-Echezeaux is totally weightless and beautiful. Crushed flowers, mint and sweet tobacco waft from the glass. The Grands-Echezeaux shows off phenomenal inner perfume and sweetness in a deceptively understated style that is immensely appealing. A seriously long, intense finish rounds things out in style. The 2010 is notable for a level of finesse that isn't always a signature of this wine.

Drink Dates: 2030-2050
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 199

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Rich and fruity, displaying some reticence, this opens up in the glass with air. Features plenty of strawberry, raspberry and cherry, along with spice and mineral, converging on the long, refined finish.'Non-blind 2010 DRC tasting (March 2013).

Drink Dates: 2017-2036
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Burghound | Rating: 93

Here the nose is noticeably more reserved and while ripe, the dense, gorgeously complex and highly spiced aromas are rather cool. Aggressive swirling does, if only grudgingly, liberate the notes of violets and rose petals, hoisin, soy and clove along with black pinot fruit, cassis and plum. The exceptionally rich but brooding, intense and very serious broad-shouldered flavors possess outstanding middle-weight concentration before culminating in an energetic and palate staining finish. This stunningly long effort is also quite fine by the usual standards of the appellation because while this is certainly muscular, it's taut and sleek rather than forbidding. The "problem", if you want to call it that, is that this lacks the depth of the Echézeaux. I stress that I am fully cognizant about not rushing to judgment at such an early juncture, particularly given this wine's laudatory track record of outperforming vintage in and vintage out, but at present this is borderline one-dimensional even though all of the expected underlying material is present. What is clear is that this is extremely classy juice that will require 15 to 20 years to arrive at its full peak though what it will be when it arrives there is less clear than usual.

Drink Dates: 2025+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 49

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Good bright red. More deeply pitched on the nose than the Echezeaux, conveying wilder scents of red berries, coffee, soy sauce and smoke. Broader and less showy today, displaying a more obvious soil component initially, With aeration, notes of raspberry and strawberry emerged. Today this comes across as more pliant and less taut than the Echezeaux, and it's not clear that it has more density or length. De Villaine notes that the average age of vines here is lower at 35 years and that the final blend includes some fruit from 12-year-old vines.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 167

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Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews

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About This Producer


Domaine de la Romanee Conti (DRC) is Burgundy's most famous estate, producing all grand cru wines from 25 hectares of vines. The wines are made in extremely limited quantities and generate some of the highest prices on the market. DRC produces the grand crus Romanee Conti, La Tache, Richebourg, Romanee Saint Vivant, Grands Echezeaux, Echezeaux and Montrachet, of which both Romanee Conti and La Tache are monopoles.

Aubert de Villiane has farmed the vineyards organically since 1986 and adhered to traditional, natural winemaking practices. Only natural yeasts are used and aging is done in 100% new oak. The wines are characterized by finesse, balance and refinement. They directly reflect their sense of place and have the ability to age while increasing in both character and value.

See other similar producers: Domaine Henri Jayer, Domaine Armand Rousseau, Domaine Gerard Raphet

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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