First glass was served slightly warm and did not show much, just lots of spice on the nose. After some chilling, the second glass totally blossomed. Red fruits aromas with hints of violets started to appear. Amazing presence yet so calm, poised and balanced. Typical '06s are a bit opaque in the terroir but this was lithe and transparent. Actually quite enjoyable to drink now, this could be a vintage which shows the elegant side of Grands-Echezeaux. A knock-out.
Nose of red cherries and cedar. This is a elegant and sophisticated wine. The tannins are remarkably soft and sexy and has nice long legs. The acids are copious and delicious. At this time you can get the fruits and red cherries. It's coherent and pretty elegant wine.
Oinofiloi Wine Club Christmas Tasting. Ruby. Typical pinot fruit with raspberries, violets, minerals and spices. Very elegant and refined. Mid-bodied with stiff tanins that need time to soften, good fruit and high acidity. Very long finish. Very primary, needs time to round-up and gain in flesh. That said, almost no one out of the panel got really impressed by this wine and most thought that it did not live up to its legend. This was possibly due to the fact that it followed the unbelievable Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romane'e Les Beaux Monts 2003, a wine capable to overshadow almost any other.
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(DRC Grands Echezeaux) The nose on the 2006 DRC Grands Echezeaux continued the progression nicely with an even deeper personality. It was more coiled and wound, with more structure showing, along with lots of cedar and spice. It had bigger and exotic tendencies, almost peach or mango but not quite either, maybe apricot? It was flirting in those directions, and also had big-time rose and oil there. It was rusty in its vigor, but not much bigger than the Echezeaux as I expected. It was upfront but lacked the open quality of the Ech, but made up for it with its structure. That rubber tire emerged on its gritty finish with lots of earth, beef and cedar flavors. Overall, it had a much blacker style than the Ech and although not as delicious and sexy as the Ech, it had better long-term potential.
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