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Faiveley Echezeaux 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

"Good full red. Pungent aromas of raspberry, crushed stone and white pepper. Enters with intense raspberry and spices, then turns firm and floral in the middle, showing superb energy and sappiness to the primary red fruit and mineral flavors. With its saline impression of extract and strong tannic spine, this should evolve in bottle for couple of decades...92-95" IWC 1/12 "Noticeable if deft wood notes frame the very spicy dark berry fruit and warm earth suffused nose. There is beautiful concentration to the velvet-textured and mouth coating medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by relatively fine but notably firm tannins, all wrapped in a moderately austere and strikingly long finish. This will also need plenty of cellar time to reach its full apogee...92-94" BH 1/12 "The 2010 Echézeaux from Maison Joseph Faiveley looks, at least at this early stage, less successful than the 2010 Clos Vougeot. Like the Clos Vougeot, the Echézeaux is quite marked on the nose by its smoky new oak, but there seems to be less stuffing to carry the heavy lumber on the palate. The bouquet is a blend of cherries, red plums, venison, coffee, a touch of fresh nutmeg and plenty of smoky, luxe new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and tangy, with a good core of fruit, fine soil inflection, but with a woody, slightly dry-edged and tannic finish from its new wood. Again, I did not receive information about when this was bottled, so maybe it is showing so woody on the backend because of recent bottling. But, I am less sanguine about its overall balance in comparison to both the Clos Vougeot and the two fine Chambolle premier crus from the domaine, and at this point in its evolution, it is not inconceivable that the wine will simply dry out from its wood tannin..." JG 06/12 "#88 Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selections 2012...Very structured and firm, this has the weight, richness and power that is typical of Echézeaux. It’s the tension between the tannins and the ripe black fruits that give this wine its great aging ability and depth of flavor....95" WE 11/12

J. Faiveley:
After the recent acquisitions of Volnay 1er Cru “Fremiets” and Pommard 1er Cru “Rugiens”, Domaine Faiveley (essentially present in Côte de Nuits and Côte Chalonnaise) is once again stretching out its vineyards into Côte de Beaune: The Faiveley family has now become the owner of 5 hectares in the most prestigious appellations of Puligny-Montrachet: - ... Read more
After the recent acquisitions of Volnay 1er Cru “Fremiets” and Pommard 1er Cru “Rugiens”, Domaine Faiveley (essentially present in Côte de Nuits and Côte Chalonnaise) is once again stretching out its vineyards into Côte de Beaune: The Faiveley family has now become the owner of 5 hectares in the most prestigious appellations of Puligny-Montrachet: - Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru - Bienvenues-Bâtard- Montrachet Grand Cru - Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Garenne” - Puligny-Montrachet Faiveley will vinify its first cuvées of these wines for the 2008 vintage. They will serve to complete the range of grands crus and premiers crus from the domaine. Read less

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"Good full red. Pungent aromas of raspberry, crushed stone and white pepper. Enters with intense raspberry and spices, then turns firm and floral in the middle, showing superb energy and sappiness to the primary red fruit and mineral flavors. With its saline impression of extract and strong tannic spine, this should evolve in bottle for couple of decades...92-95" IWC 1/12 "Noticeable if deft wood notes frame the very spicy dark berry fruit and warm earth suffused nose. There is beautiful concentration to the velvet-textured and mouth coating medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by relatively fine but notably firm tannins, all wrapped in a moderately austere and strikingly long finish. This will also need plenty of cellar time to reach its full apogee...92-94" BH 1/12 "The 2010 Echézeaux from Maison Joseph Faiveley looks, at least at this early stage, less successful than the 2010 Clos Vougeot. Like the Clos Vougeot, the Echézeaux is quite marked on the nose by its smoky new oak, but there seems to be less stuffing to carry the heavy lumber on the palate. The bouquet is a blend of cherries, red plums, venison, coffee, a touch of fresh nutmeg and plenty of smoky, luxe new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and tangy, with a good core of fruit, fine soil inflection, but with a woody, slightly dry-edged and tannic finish from its new wood. Again, I did not receive information about when this was bottled, so maybe it is showing so woody on the backend because of recent bottling. But, I am less sanguine about its overall balance in comparison to both the Clos Vougeot and the two fine Chambolle premier crus from the domaine, and at this point in its evolution, it is not inconceivable that the wine will simply dry out from its wood tannin..." JG 06/12 "#88 Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selections 2012...Very structured and firm, this has the weight, richness and power that is typical of Echézeaux. It’s the tension between the tannins and the ripe black fruits that give this wine its great aging ability and depth of flavor....95" WE 11/12

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