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This too was initially reduced but with air, discreet but not invisible wood emerges to frame the super-spicy and distinctly ripe aromas of plum, black cherry and Asian-style tea. There is excellent volume to the suave and seductive yet sleek medium weight plus flavors that possess a wonderfully beguiling texture, all wrapped in a powerful, highly complex and palate drenching finish. This is extremely impressive and should age beautifully; indeed it will need at least 8 to 10 and should easily repay 15 plus.
The 2015 Echezeaux Grand Cru is the usual blend of two parcels: more than 70-year-old vines located in La Rouge du Bas that tend to produce small berries, and younger vines within Quartier de Nuits that impart freshness. Christine reminded me that they are picked on the same day and entered directly into the same vat. It is matured in 60% new oak, the maximum that the domaine ever uses. It has a glorious bouquet with ripe black cherries, raspberry, violets and a subtle marine influence, touch of flint tucked just underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with supple sweet tannin, layers of ripe black cherries, mulberry and a touch of quince, structured on the finish with enormous length. This would be one of my picks from the domaine this year.
The Mugneret-Gibourg 2015 Echezeaux Grand Cru opens in the glass with a complex bouquet of black raspberry, plum, bitter chocolate, bonfire and spicy notes framed by a judicious application of new oak. On the palate, the wine is velvety, full-bodied and ample, with an expansive attack, a deep core of cool fruit and beautifully refined, detailed tannins. This hails from two parcels—one in the lieu-dit of Les Quartiers de Nuits (which the sisters say contributes "black fruit" and a certain textural "rondeur"), the other in Les Rouges du Bas (which lends "minerality and precision").