There is a little bit more muscle to this Echézeaux than most examples, meaty rich flavours, notes of dark berry fruits, cherries, spice, kirsch, mocha and truffle, statuesque and towering, a little reticent at first but it does unravel gently with aeration.
It is incredible to think that up until 1983, this Domaine was selling its entire production in bulk to négociants. Since then, these years of wasted potential have been put to rights first by Jean Méo and now by his son Jean-Nicholas. Fantastic vineyards, low yields, new barrels every year and minimum intervention (filtration was dispensed with some time ago) are all components that make for some of Burgundy’s most exciting and sought after wines.
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.