Grands Échezeaux, Grand Cru, 2015

  Coquard Loison Fleurot

Grands Échezeaux, 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: Grands Echezeaux

A Grand Cru in the commune of Flagey-Échezeaux village in the Côte de Nuits. It shares vineyard area in the commune with its much larger neighbour Échezeaux (37 ha) and also adjoins Clos de Vougeot. The quality of wines of the small 9 ha Grands Échezeaux are very often considered greater than those of its two larger neighbours. There are 21 owners compared to the 80 of Échezeaux. The wine can be very great indeed, often betraying a much firmer structure than that of Échezeaux, very deep and complex fruit and superb intensity of flavour. As such it usually requires much longer ageing in bottle before it is ready for drinking. Some of the great producers are Joseph Drouhin, Domaine d'Eugenie (formally Engel), Francois Lamarche and Domaine de la Romanee Conti.

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. At their greatest they offer a lightness with intensity and are transparent enough to magnify the characteristics of the terroir in which they are grown. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, coastal California, Oregon, Hemel en Aarde in South Africa 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.