This is an assemblage of two sectors of the Echézeaux vineyard – 25% from Les Quartiers de Nuits, which lies just over the wall from Clos-Vougeot, and the balance from Les Rouges du Bas, higher on the hillside. The first plot has vines whose average age is 50 years, the second, more than 60 years. More than 20% whole clusters were included (unusually at this estate), and the wine has been ageing in 60% new oak barrels. Some whole clusters were first retained for Echézeaux in 2016, when there were so few grapes (after a frost) that it was evidently sensible to retain some whole bunches, to help half-fill the vat. The result was excellent, so they have done it again, ever since. Colour is very deep purple, and the nose is full of life and energy. Palate shows splendid body and richness, with magnificent, fresh spiciness (for drinking 2025-2035+).
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