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Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate, 90 International Wine Cellar, 90 Burghound.com
Region: Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 103191
Purely exhibits the expressive and aerial character of the vintage. In the mouth one finds fruit and a harmonious texture.
The Domaine's 2007 Echezeaux displays ripe red berry and star anise aromas; a tender fruit character, mingled with a hint of mocha and underlain by subtly saline meat stock on a silken palate, and a finish that preserves just enough of a fresh edge to its fruit to stimulate salivation and the desire for the next sip. Here is a 2007 that remains true to the personality it expressed early on in barrel, albeit with flattering textural refinement and a greater sense of purity. It's small scale, but only in the non-derogatory sense of chamber music (two words I used to describe it and, amusingly, later heard from de Villaine). I imagine this charmer being best enjoyed over the next 5-7 years.
Medium red. Very ripe, perfumed nose shows a liqueur-like cherry quality. Sweet and lush but nicely delineated, with surprising energy to the flavors of red berries, pepper and spices. Finishes long and perfumed, with building tannins and lovely red fruit persistence.
A spicy, expressive and expansive nose of red berry fruit, distinct vegetal nuances, freshly sliced fennel and obvious earth notes that transfer over to the detailed, balanced and energetic flavors that possess excellent transparency on the vibrant and mouth coating finish. There is a lingering inner mouth perfume here that makes this quite seductive. Not surprisingly, this changed rather dramatically in the hour that I had to evaluate the '07s and the seemingly lighter weight flavors put on noticeable flesh though the nose slowly closed in on itself.