2012 Echezeaux

Gros; Frere et Soeur

87Average Score
Red
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Scores & Notes
Average Score
87
Critic Notes

The wood treatment is prominent if not dominant as the spicy aromas of cassis, anise and hoisin are able to be appreciated. There is good richness to the bigger and more powerful medium-bodied flavors that possess both good volume and punch on the lingering and mouth coating finish where the oak influence resurfaces. The supporting tannins are ripe and about the only nit is the hint of backend warmth. This should be approachable young if desired. <B>Tasted: Jan 15, 2014. Drink: 2020+</b>

Score: 90-92/100Allen Meadows, Burghound

The 2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru is more immediate on the nose following on from the Les Chaumes, with scents of raspberry, briary and rose petal that unfolds nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, slightly chalky tannins and a fine line of acidity that cuts through the toasty black fruit that seems to dominate the finish. Once the wood in subsumed this should be a decent grand cru. ||Bernard gave me a superb boogie-woogie rendition of “Amazing Grace” on his Steinway, one that Jools Holland would be proud of, following my tasting of 2012s His grand piano, parked in a cavernous annex of his renovated cellar, is truly something to behold. There it stands against the craggy, fissured limestone walls that form a jaw-dropping juxtaposition against what appears to be the dance-floor at Studio 54. I’ve been visiting this address ever since I started in the wine trade and Bernard Gros’s style has remained unchanged during that period. These are big wines lavished in new oak – always have been and maybe always will be. I cannot help feeling that the range would be improved without resorting 100% new oak on every single cuvee from the village Vosne-Romanee upwards and I sometimes question the practice of heating the wines to 40 degrees for 24 hours to give rounder tannins. Is that over-egging an already very tasty cake? The wines are occasionally subjugated by the new wood and my experience of mature bottles suggests that they never quite shake it off, although there are Burgundy lovers who appreciate that style, perhaps in Japan where Bernard enjoys a strong following. When you start reaching the grand crus, in particular the Richebourg, only then you can see that the intense fruit is able to carry the wood and fully absorb it, allowing the terroir to show through. Bernard Gros is one of Vosne-Romanee’s most entertaining winemakers. I just hope that in future vintages he’ll just retreat a little from the cooperage so that we can see his propitious vineyards. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013

Score: 88-90/100Neal Martin

This is a sound, cleanly-made, deep ruby-colored wine displaying dusty, loamy soil and cherry notes as well as a short finish.Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 182

Score: 80-83/100Robert Parker
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Burgundy
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Red
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Burgundy
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Red
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Still wine
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