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2016 René Bouvier Echezeaux

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2016 René Bouvier Echezeaux

Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml


Tasting Notes:

The 2016 Echézeaux Grand Cru, which comes from En Orveaux, was 80% reduced by the frost this season. The bouquet felt a little stilted at first but opens to reveal straightforward brambly red fruit, attractive if a little simplistic at this level. The palate is medium-bodied with finer tannins than the nose suggests, tightly wound and tensile, moderate weight in the mouth with a peppery finish. Not bad overall, though it is just missing a little flair.

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Domaine Rene Bouvier has owned vineyards in the village of Marsannay in the Côte de Nuits for the last four generations. These days,Bernard Bouvier (the son of Rene) runs the 12 hectare estate, a man who is keen to combine the traditions of Burgundy to the technological advances of modern viticulture. He is considered one of the most promising young winemakers in Burgundy today. His first vintage was in 1986. Chemical treatments are banned and yields are held to a minimum. The domaine currently produces wine from around 13 different appellations, and all are tended to organically, without fertilisers and with minimal amounts of sulphur and other treatments. All the grapes are hand-harvested meticulously, and the harvest is followed by fermentation in barrel and then aging in small oak casks for 12 to 18 months, with around one-third of the barrels having new wood. The end product of this process is a wine that is both easily accessible and yet excellent aged, fruity and deep with a real sense of power.