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Joseph Drouhin Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2017  - First Bottle


96 James Suckling -
A very stylish wine that delivers very well from the 2017 vintage. There's a very brambly and juicy array of fine, spicy cherries with such appealing, sappy complexity already. So much energy in this wine. The palate brings a superb array of very bright and juicy red and darker cherries. Exceptional concentration. So vibrant and so generous. Drink or hold.
95 Burghound -
This is notably fresher and much more floral as well with a lovely panoply of spice elements adding interest to the elegant pure essence of red berry fruit aromas. The sleek and almost painfully intense large-scaled flavors possess evident muscle on the driving, firm and hugely long finish. This is terrific and should make for great old bones if anyone has the patience to wait.
93-95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Introduced by aromas of black raspberries, smoky wild berries, grilled game and rich soil tones mingling in a complex bouquet, the 2017 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru, a full-bodied, deep and multidimensional wine with a concentrated core of fruit, velvety structuring tannins and a long, savory finish. While this possesses the charm that typifies this vintage at its best, it's one cuvée that will definitely reward bottle aging.
94 Decanter -
If you like aromatic Pinot Noir, you'll love this wonderfully scented grand cru from the Drouhin stable. The oak needs a little more time to integrate on the palate, but this is a spicy, well balanced, structured red that shows the concentration of its old vines. 35% whole bunches add an extra dimension here.
93 Wine Spectator -
Sweet, ripe cherry, black currant and spearmint aromas and flavors are focused by vivid acidity, while the refined tannins add a base of support. Tight and sinewy, lingering with fruit and spice notes on the aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2040.
95+ John Gilman, View from the Cellar -
The 2017 Grands Echézeaux from Maison Joseph Drouhin is another brilliant example of the vintage. The wine was still in barrel in November, with the grapes having been picked on September 8th for this wine and thirty-five percent whole clusters included this year. The wine is still a puppy and was in the process of absorbing its thirty percent new oak, but all of the constituent components are in place for a stunning wine down the road. The still slightly new oak bouquet (which of course will pass in due course) offers up a refined blend of black cherries, sweet dark berries, woodsmoke, gamebird, dark chocolate, a bit of sweet stems and the aforementioned spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full and rock solid at the core, with lovely soil signature, fine-grained tannins and huge backend energy giving the wine stunning length and grip on the perfectly balanced and complex finish. Great juice.

Technical Details

  • BlendPinot Noir
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • AppellationFlagey-Echezeaux
  • VineyardGrands Echezeaux
  • Farming MethodBiodynamic Practices
  • Aging/Cooperage14-18 months in 20% new French oak
  • Alcohol13.5%

Joseph Drouhin Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2017

Pinot Noir  |  France
JS96, JG95+, BH95, WA93-95, D94, VN93-95, WS93

Biodynamic Practices
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A litany of great press for this stunning "Grands Echy". A 95-point review from the stingy Burghound and wine he called, "terrific and should make for great old bones if anyone has the patience to wait." A wine for the cellar indeed and one that will likely outlive your children! Just 6 bottles were allocated to us!

About the Producer

Founded in Beaune in 1880, Maison Joesph Drouhin cellars have spread from the historical cellars of the Dukes of Burgundy and the Kings of France in Beaune to the Moulin de Vaudon. Today the house is run by Joesph's four grand children who practiaclly grew up in the vineyards and cellars. With 80 hectares (197.5 acres), the Joseph Drouhin Domaine is one of the largest estates in the region. It owns vineyards in all of Burgundy: Chablis (38 hectares - 94 acres), Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, (38.5 hectares - 95 acres), Côte Chalonnaise (3.5 hectares - 8.5 acres). It is comprised of a majority of Premier and Grand Crus, planted with the two Burgundian grape varietals, pinot noir and chardonnay. With close to 90 different appellations, Joseph Drouhin offers a fascinating array of Burgundy terroirs and all their subtle variations.