PhilosophyA legendary terroir, the Echezeaux Grand Cru appellation is niched between the Grand Crus of Vosne-Romanée (Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant...) and Clos-de-Vougeot. These are the blessed, legendary terroirs of the Côte de Nuits. Being able to age and offer such a jewel of a wine that is so rare is a great privilege for the House of Edouard Delaunay.
TerroirThe Echezeaux Grand Cru appellation is subdivided into eleven "climats", eleven named vineyards with rather different characteristics. Our cuvée hails from a plot located in Les Rouges du Bas, which is found in the middle of the appellation, at the top of the slope, where the lean, shallow soil overlies hard limestone parent rock. The wines it produces are elegant and mineral.
Vinification and ageingThe grapes were handpicked at their peak of ripeness. They were sorted at the winery and a portion (20%) was not destemmed. Vinification did not involve the use of sulphites and punch-down was performed daily. The wine was aged for 18 months in "semi-new" barrels (new barrels that are “rinsed” for a few months with another wine in order to lessen the impact of new oak), from Burgundy’s Chatillon forest.
Tasting notesRed in colour with mauve tinges. A gorgeously subtle, complex nose redolent of wild red berries (redcurrant, cornelian cherry, rosehip) and rose. Then come riper scents of sour cherry and dark fruit jelly, dried herbs, and spices. Starts off round on the palate, teeming with finesse and elegance, boasting lovely freshness. The flavours are evocative of chocolate, liquorice and mint. Discrete notes of almond, sugared almonds, and a hint of caramel can be detected. The finish offers a hint of salinity that is typical of this calcareous terroir. This subtle wine exudes impressive purity and classiness.