2012 Echezeaux Anne Gros

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Average critic rating : 92.0 points



The 2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru was taken from stainless steel vat. It has a deep, inward looking nose that loses its bashfulness in the glass, offering tempting scents of mulberry, raspberry and damp soil. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent, rounded entry. This feels fleshy in the mouth with black moving to red fruits towards the finish. This is a very respectable Echezeaux that should age extremely well. ||After modest success with her 2011s, it was great to come back to this domaine to find eternally youthful pixie-like Anne Gros back on form with a gaggle of gorgeous 2012s. Anne, the cousin of Bernard, Michel and Anne-Francoise, is one of the most conscientious winemakers I know, somebody who lives for her family, whether that is her three children or her vines. She exacts a meticulous picking, which in 2012 commenced on 21 September and lasted over three weeks until the 15 October up in her “Hautes Cotes” vines. I have written several times about this domaine, which I visited on my first Burgundy trip back in 1997. They have a slightly modern sheen like her cousin Bernard Gros, but here they are slightly more nuanced and terroir-driven. Quantities are small and sought after, and in 2012 her piece de resistance might not be the Richebourg, rather one of the best Clos de Vougeot wines of the vintage. But do not ignore either her excellent Hautes Cotes de Nuits white or red (or indeed her superb joint venture with partner Jean-Paul Tollot down in sunny Minnervois.) eRobertParker.com.December, 2013


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