Echezeaux 2015

Echezeaux / Clos Frantin

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a competent, well-defined bouquet of raspberry, wild strawberry and earthy aromas. The medium-bodied palate is edgy in style, presenting fine tannin, well-judged acidity and a splash of balsamic that lends tension toward the sustained finish. This seems to improve in the glass, and that bodes well for the future. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.

Score: 94

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2021-2045 01 November 2018

The 2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a very perfumed, wilted violet-scented bouquet that almost has a Margaux-like personality. I appreciate the delineation and focus here. The palate is smooth and silky on the entry with a keen line of acidity, bright and quite vivid in style with animated red cherry, crushed strawberry and spice box notes on the finish that gently fans out. This is a well-crafted Echézeaux from Albert Bichot.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2019-2035 30 December 2016

This too is quite ripe with its liqueur-like aromas of black raspberry, spice and floral hints that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. The velvety, supple and quite round flavors coat the palate with dry extract that also pushes the moderately firm tannins to the background on the slightly warm finish where the wood resurfaces. While the structure is such that this will certainly age for years, the acidity seems to be on the lower side and though this is by no means soft or flabby, the finish doesn't have the vibrancy of the best here.

Score: 89 - 92

Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2023+ 15 January 2017

Super-ripe, with a trace of jamminess. Broad and juicy, it has weight and volume with ample concentration. The fruit, cherries and raspberries, is just on the right side of overripeness. The tannins are silky and the finish persistent. Elegant and airy rather than powerful, with a fine texture. Lift and charm on the finish.

Score: 93

Decanter, Maturity: 2019-2032 01 January 2017