Burghound – 92
A brooding but beautifully layered nose features spiced plum, red raspberry and exotic tea notes. The powerful, concentrated and exceptionally rich broad-shouldered flavors possess plenty of muscle as the dense but fineof muscle andll of which are cellarings full apogee.ry firm effort will requirethe context of the appellation, all wrappe mouth coating tannins will require up to decade to completely resolve even though I suspect that it will be approachable in its youth. This is not especially complex at present but I like this harmonious effort anyway.
Vinous – 93
Good bright medium red. Ethereal aromas of crushed stone, raspberry, red cherry and flowers, plus a touch of smoky minerality. Sweet, sappy and fine-grained, especially for a wine from fruit picked at 12.1% potential alcohol and chaptalized to 12.7%. Boasts wonderful energy and density, not to mention purity of flavor. The long, mineral-driven, saliva-inducing finish offers grip without hardness.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2035
John Gilman – 95+
The 2013 Grands Echézeaux from Domaine Georges Noëllat is an outstanding follow-up to the absolutely brilliant wine that Monsieur Cheurlin made here in the 2012 vintage. The deep, complex and very, very promising nose delivers scents of black cherries, dark berries, coffee bean, gamebirds, a superb base of soil, woodsmoke and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and nicely reserved in profile, with a rock solid core, lovely soil inflection, ripe, seamless tannins and outstanding length and grip on the tangy and impeccably balanced finish. This was raised in one hundred percent new wood in 2013, but it has absolutely devoured its wood component in this vintage. Another absolutely superb example of Grands Echézeaux in the making.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2070