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Joseph Drouhin Echezeaux 1988

Winemaker's Notes:

This Grand Cru is admirably situated right above Clos Vougeot, another Grand Cru, on a gentle slope facing due East. Le Musigny is just to the North. The Drouhin family owns a vineyard there. The average age of the vines is twenty-five. Replanting is done very selectively to avoid having too many young vines at one time, which would lower the quality of the wine. No fertilizers are used and a very severe pruning (the "Guyot" style) reduces the yield even further. The harvest is always done by hand. The vinification follows the classic method : the grapes, sometimes not even destalked, are gently pressed ; the fermentation and maceration occur in wooden open vats with punching down of the cap and pumping over the juice. It lasts about 18 to 20 days. The must is then put in oak barrels (Allier, Vosges or Tronçais forests). Left to age for about 18 months, it is fined with egg-whites prior to bottling. Echezeaux has a beautiful, vivid red colour, and elegant aromas reminiscent of cocoa and exotic wood such as cedar. On the palate, the tannins are dense but refined. They leave a soft impression, similar to velvet. An old Burgundy saying, "this wine has save (sap)", would be a very apt description here. The long, persistent aftertaste recalls the dark chocolate flavour. A carefully prepared cuisine would enhance Echezeaux superbly : slowly cooked stews, duck or pheasant, ripe cheeses, etc. This is a wine which can age very well (20 years and up). It can also be drunk sooner and still be more enjoyable.

Joseph Drouhin:
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name.  Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew.  At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable ... Read more
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name.  Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew.  At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable family heritage. Dedication to the diversity of Burgundy has always been the sole focus and vocation of Maison Joseph Drouhin, as vineyards - mostly premier and grand crus - were acquired in all major areas.   Out of firm conviction, Drouhin has adopted a biological and biodynamic approach to viticulture.  Listening to nature: from vine to glass, at every step in the elaboration of the wine, a profound respect and deference to nature prevails. From its very beginning, Maison Joseph Drouhin has aimed for an ideal of perfection and elegance.  The style of Joseph Drouhin combines balance, harmony and character, providing infinite pleasure.   Thanks to its open-minded world view, Joseph Drouhin introduces the best of Burgundy to all continents.  Its active presence in many countries is the surest proof of its desire to get acquainted and understand other cultures and styles of living. Read less

This Grand Cru is admirably situated right above Clos Vougeot, another Grand Cru, on a gentle slope facing due East. Le Musigny is just to the North. The Drouhin family owns a vineyard there. The average age of the vines is twenty-five. Replanting is done very selectively to avoid having too many young vines at one time, which would lower the quality of the wine. No fertilizers are used and a very severe pruning (the "Guyot" style) reduces the yield even further. The harvest is always done by hand. The vinification follows the classic method : the grapes, sometimes not even destalked, are gently pressed ; the fermentation and maceration occur in wooden open vats with punching down of the cap and pumping over the juice. It lasts about 18 to 20 days. The must is then put in oak barrels (Allier, Vosges or Tronçais forests). Left to age for about 18 months, it is fined with egg-whites prior to bottling. Echezeaux has a beautiful, vivid red colour, and elegant aromas reminiscent of cocoa and exotic wood such as cedar. On the palate, the tannins are dense but refined. They leave a soft impression, similar to velvet. An old Burgundy saying, "this wine has save (sap)", would be a very apt description here. The long, persistent aftertaste recalls the dark chocolate flavour. A carefully prepared cuisine would enhance Echezeaux superbly : slowly cooked stews, duck or pheasant, ripe cheeses, etc. This is a wine which can age very well (20 years and up). It can also be drunk sooner and still be more enjoyable.

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