Echézeaux, Grand Cru, 2015

  Coquard Loison Fleurot

Echézeaux, Grand Cru

Contains Sulphites.

About Coquard Loison Fleurot

Things happen pretty fast in Burgundy. One day you’re flying under the radar as an unknown, the next you are in the spotlight being billed as the next big thing. The rise and rise of “CLF” as they have become known in the trade (let’s face it, it’s less of a mouthful) has been quite startling. Two years ago, we’d never heard of them. Apparently, there was a time when they were selling most of their wines in French supermarkets. Now they are being mentioned in the same breath as Burgundian Royalty.

The domaine itself is very impressive, boasting a high proportion of grands crus. When Thomas Colladot returned to the family estate in 2010, the ascent began. Thomas had previously been learning his trade under the tutelage of Sebastien Cathiard. He has since refined his own style, still being an advocate of purity and freshness, his wines tend to be lighter and more transparent than Domaine Cathiards, and he is judicial in his use of new oak. The results are turning heads. We are delighted to offer a selection of his very successful 2015s.

Appellation: Echézeaux

Grand cru of the Flagey-Échezeaux village in the Côte de Nuits, producing red wines. Premier Cru vineyards in the commune of Flagey-Échezeaux are sold under the name of neighbour Vosne-Romanée, however the majority of the village's vineyard area is divided between two Grands Crus Échezeaux and Grands Échezeaux. The former is the larger of the two, comprising 37.6 ha accross 11 lieux dits or single named plots, so rather like Clos de Vougeot quality and style can vary according to the producer (of which there are 80) and depending on where the vines are. The soils range from poor and stony to heavy and clay-dominated. The wines can be very good and at their best display true Grands Crus power, stylistically they are often very ripe rich examples of Burgundy that age well. The appellation no doubt owes alot to the late Henri Jayer whose outstanding bottlings showed the heights Échezeaux can reach. The Jayer vines are now mainpulated by Henri's nephew, Emmanuel Rouget.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.