Friday, 10 August 2012

Louis Jadot Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2009

Echezeaux is a sub region within Cote du Nuits in Burgundy which is one of the hottest properties in the Pinot market.  The total amount of vines is low, 40 hectares, for the number of owners, 88.  The Grand Echezeaux district is the top of the lot with only a small percentage of the 40 ha reaching the quality level. Generally, the wines from this area are loaded with structure with fruit and wild gamey flavours and need 10 years in the cellar to show well.

Louis Jadot Grands Echezeaux Gran Cru 2009

The first thing I notice about this wine is the level of restraint in the flavour profile when you compare it to the Aussie versions. The wine starts out with a little spice and morello cherries before a touch of warm earth cuts in.  What I couldn't look past was the way the wine expanded in my mouth, both with flavours but mostly with a huge tannin backbone that was perfectly balanced with the wine and the world.  There were no holes in the way the wine experience smothered my tongue, it was just pure bliss. 

Alcohol: 13.5%
Price: $500
Rated: 96
Drink: 2020 - 2040
Importer: Red + White

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