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Joseph Drouhin Grand Cru Grands Echezeaux 2004
In between the heat wave of ’03 and the evangelising of ’05 came the often dismissed Burgundy vintage of 2004, a brilliant year for nabbing choice bargains both in Burgundy and Bordeaux. Whenever I get a chance to taste Red Burgundy, which is sadly all too rare, I make sure I taste any 2004s in the line up, looking for a savvy purchase.
2004 Burgundy not only offers great value in 2011, we’re also, well within for some and approaching for many, the optimum drinking window of these undervalued wines.
The wine I want to review today, the Joseph Drouhin Grand Cru Grands Echezeaux 2004, is not exactly a value driven wine by an unknown producer! It is still however, a bargain. Unlike so many other red burgundies of the vintage, we see no signs here of lack of concentration or green murky palates, in fact quite the opposite with a rich layer of quality, savoury fruit.
Joseph Drouhin Grand Cru Grands Echezeaux 2004 – BUY – £76
An enchanting nose with opulent notes of violets, minerals and intense cherries with a hint of nuttiness. The fruit and acidity seem to be perfectly in balance in 2011 and the tannins have not yet lost their grip. Longevity on the finish and a supple, rounded mouthfeel complete the experience. 94 Points – Drink Now – 2018
If you’re prepared to trust in an Icelandic merchant, you can find the Joseph Drouhin Grand Cru Grands Echezeaux 2004 for just £76. The lower scoring “superior vintage” 2007 Joseph Drouhin Grand Cru Grands Echezeaux is currently retailing for over double this price. So if you’re looking for some quality Burgundy but still fancy a bargain then this 18 Point Jancis Echezeaux must be the way to go.
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