The 2013 Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru has a strict and linear nose at first, a little aloof perhaps, but very well defined and focused with perfumed red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, slightly grainy tannin, very good depth and yet it floats across the mouth, finally delivering the structure just on the masculine, austere finish. Again, it is very well proportioned and natural with a dash of spice lingering on the aftertaste. Utterly entrancing.
Half way between Dijon, the capital of the region of Burgundy, and Beaune, the capital of Burgundy wine, between the Clos de Vougeot and Nuits Saint Georges, Vosne-Romanée, securely rooted into its venerable cellars, is – thanks to its great wines – one of the French wine-producing villages which are the best known throughout the world. The vines face due east and its grand appellations run down alongside the church as far as the Priory of Saint Vivant.
From a ‘geological’ point of view, the grands crus lie on oolite in ferruginous limestone soils – with stony, rocky or clay-marl subsoil – which give full-bodied, well-structured wines, deep in colour and with greater ageing capacity. The Vosne-Romanée AOC vineyards are planted on deeper, clay-limestone soils and produce lighter wines, with more subtle aromas, and which develop more quickly.