A rare opportunity.
We don’t offer Grand Cru red Burgundy every day — it’s not cheap, nor is there very much to go around. Representing just 1.3% of the wine produced in Burgundy, Grand Crus can be transcendent, but also require substantial investment and plenty of patience.
That doesn’t mean they’re not worth it. Special occasions call for special bottles, and we’ve found that it’s far more enjoyable to pull a Grand Cru from the back of our own cellar than to grab it from a retailer’s shelf. Over the next few weeks we’ll be writing about a few Grand Cru Burgundies, which make excellent presents for people you’re particularly fond of.
Old vines, unfiltered.
Echezeaux is a large Grand Cru vineyard bordering the famous Clos de Vougeot. Of the 84 owners in Echezeaux, Christian Clerget is the eighth largest, after Romanée-Conti and several other big names. Clerget is a tiny domaine, farming only 6 hectares (14 acres) total. Clerget’s Echezeaux plot was planted in 1945, and the vines are now approaching 70.
Simply put, this is red Burgundy at its finest. The old vines produce low, concentrated yield, and the domaine’s style is that of old-world elegance and softness. Clerget’s wines are neither fined nor filtered, and the final product is an exquisite, complex red Burgundy you won’t soon forget.
Particularly at the Grand Cru level, the 2010 vintage should be around for quite a while. We’d imagine this Echezeaux will be beautiful in 4-5 years, magical in 8-10. It’s a wine to enjoy in a few years, and to remember for many more.
About this wine:
- VIGNERON: Christian Clerget
- GRAPE: Pinot Noir
- VINTAGE: 2010
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