The 2017 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru comes from 0.30 hectares of vine. It has a tightly wound bouquet at first – one of the few crus from Lamarche to demand coaxing from the glass. It eventually reveals some lovely raspberry preserve, wild strawberry and subtle Seville orange marmalade scents, all very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, and more structure and backbone than the Echézeaux, leading to a fresh and quite saline finish. This will need five or six years. 93-95 points, Neal Martin, Vinous
Here the wood influence is a bit more prominent and includes a whiff of menthol though both are sufficiently subtle to easily allow the overtly floral and spice-inflected aromas of various red fruit scents to be appreciated. While the mid-palate of the broad-scaled flavors is solidly concentrated but relatively supple, the powerful, intense and very firmly structured finish is quite tightly wound. This is also presently austere and robust and I would advise not touching a bottle for at least 10 years and it won’t surprise me if 20 years is necessary to for this to realize its full potential. 92-94 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 73
If you’re looking for power and extraction in your Grands Échézeaux, you’re not going to find it here or in any of the very delicate wines produced by Nicole Lamarche. This single 0.3ha parcel has produced a poised and delicate wine with sweet, savoury flavours, notes of rose petal and umami, and a core of strawberry fruit underpinned by acidity and fine tannins. 94 points, Tim Atkin MW, Decanter
The 2017 is our first-ever allocation of Lamarche’s Grands Echézeaux. Lamarche farms a small, 0.3-hectare parcel—planted in ‘79—near the Route des Grands Crus, just below the climat of Echézeaux du Dessus. This has more structure and power than the standard Echézeaux yet it still has the delicacy and finesse that is always a feature of this producer’s wines.
Stunning crushed red fruits and all kinds of spice on the nose and palate, along with vibrant freshness, saline minerality and powdery tannins. Very, very fine.