ÉCHEZEAUX

2019 En Orveaux Grand Cru Domaine Christian Clerget

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
Other Practicing Organic
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Échezeaux
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 13.5%

A bold nose - really the first one in the range to show a touch of oak. Ripe and sleek, gliding and cool but lots of density under here and a fine saline line too. 'We live to make wines which do exactly this - without turbulence' says Christian. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045 L&S (Oct 2020)


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The 2019 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a gorgeous, perfumed and detailed bouquet with mineral-infused red berry fruit, subtle sous-bois notes, a little graphite and sage. Wonderful. The palate is brimming over with nascent energy thanks to its razor-sharp acidity that cuts through the layers of red berry fruit laced with white pepper and clove on the finish. This is an outstanding Echézeaux, one of the finest in 2019, one that will give 20 years of drinking pleasure. Drinking range: 2024 - 2044 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)

From old vines planted in 1946 and in good condition. Fine imperial purple without excessive density. The nose shows purity but is discreet. There is a bigger wealth of fruit than expected, sweet raspberry style and just an attractive fresh point of acidity. All in red fruit mode. Svelte, detailed, long and far from massive. Tasted: November 2020 4/5 stars Rating: 94-97 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Jan 2021)

Cask sample. Just a little too dry and stringy on the end for perfection. There is more fruit and balance on the Petits Vougeots. Drinking range: 2028 - 2038 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2021)

Domaine Christian Clerget

A domaine of 6 hectares, with 8 appellations, run by Christian, Isabelle and their daughter Justine Clerget from their house in the northern end of the little village of Vougeot, which is really in the commune of Chambolle. They have been organic (certified) since 2017, Justine having insisted on it when she joined them, but it sounds as though she was pushing at an open door, because Christian is entirely committed to this approach and clearly believes that good wine starts with the vines.

At harvest the grapes are picked into small cases for the short trip to the winery which really is right in the middle of their holdings. They adapt to the vintage conditions, so that they did 2 pigeages in total in 2019, whereas in 2017, they did one a day throughout the fermentation. In 2018 they did some whole bunch fermentation, but reverted to their normal complete destemming in 2019. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation Christian decants into tank, allows the wine to settle for ten days, then puts the wines into barrel where they stay without racking until bottling. They are using about 30% new wood on the villages and 40% on the Chambolle Charmes and the Échézeaux, and the wines say in barrel for a long élevage of 18-20 months.

Bourgogne Rouge .69ha

Morey Saint Denis Blanc 'les Crais'

Morey Saint Denis 0.20 ha

Chambolle Musigny 2 ha (in Les Athets, Les Babillères, Les Herbues, Les Nazoires, Les Bussières, Les Croix, Les Condemennes)

Vosne Romanée les Violettes 0.37 ha

Vougeot 1er Cru les Petits Vougeots 0.46 ha

Chambolle Musigny 1er cru les Charmes 1.01 ha

Échézeaux Grand Cru 1.09 ha (in 'en Orveaux')

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