To the Eye: A pure bright deep red, truly stunning. Clear and limpid, the shifting colour nuances often vary, though generally tending towards fairly dark shades of garnet or violet-purple - a colour that holds the eye.
To the Nose: With age, the palette tends towards pepper and musk, animal pelts, leather and spices, prunes. Sometimes the bouquet hints at scents of woodland undergrowth, moss, mushrooms, damp earth, game. Fruit preserved in alcohol and mulberries round off this range of aromas. Especially in young wines, one may well encounter scents of pine, dog roses, violets and fresh cherries.
In the Mouth: Peaceful and dreamy, serene with age, subtle and refined, this wine fully reveals the complex nature of a really good Burgundy, all the art that can be achieved through the medium of pinot noir grapes grown on one particular terroir. The structure is outstanding: solid, full-bodied, rich and exceptionally harmonious. It is wholly appropriate for the qualification Great to precede Echezeaux in the name Grands-Echezeaux. It has that extra touch of class, of vinosity, and a dense and subtle texture.
Moderate wood frames a wonderfully spicy nose of red and dark berry fruit that also displays lovely floral notes, in particular violet as well as an herbal hint. The wood is sufficiently strong to influence the texture of the very rich and overtly muscular broad-shouldered flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration and again, plenty of dry extract. The powerful and linear finish is not especially refined but this is very serious and the amount of stuffing is such that this should eventually integrate the oak treatment. 92-94