As statuesque as the Clos de Vougeot with extra complexity, gentle, alluring scents of blossom, long flowery berry fruit flavours, vivid red cherry notes, crushed lush and exuberant, big-framed mineral and multi-layered but not at all hard or foursquare, absolutely first class Burgundy.
A 10 ha domaine in Vosne whose jewel in the crown is the monopole La Grande Rue, which was elevated to Grand Cru status in 1992. After years of neglect by previous generations François oversaw a steady improvement in quality throughout the 1990s and in the last few years his daughters have helped raise the qualitative bar further still. As of the 2007 vintage the François' daughters have total control of the winemaking. The approach is fairly hands off in the winery and hands on in the vineyard. Grapes are mostly de stemmed, depending on the vintage, and between 50-100% new oak is used. These are Burgundies that display ripe, hightoned fruit and strong terroir complexity.
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.