The Lamarche Echézeaux comes from three lieux-dits: Les Cruots ou Vignes, Blanches Clos-Saint-Denis, and Les Champs Traversins. Altogether these parcels make up about 1.32 hectares and the vines are on average about 30-years-old. Nicole Lamarche works with very low yields here, which, alongside the Domaine’s delicate extraction, results in a supremely elegant expression of this terroir.
This is another sensual, fine-boned yet tightly wound Echézeaux from Lamarche—fabulous perfume and detail along with loads of juicy raspberry, blueberry and spices and, ample yet very fine structure. There’s more breadth and tannin here than in Les Chaumes—as one might expect—yet the same sense of energy and floral prettiness. Despite the finesse, it has the depth and structure to age decades. In the context of today’s Grand Cru Burgundy pricing, this wine, (and the Clos de Vougeot) are clearly bargains!
“Some depth of red colour here. Quite a stylish nose, full of intricate detail. More red fruit lurking beneath a superficial floral veneer. Impressive density on the palate, fresh acidity, some citrus notes along with the raspberry, just ripe enough, typically Lamarchian elegance and certainly fair persistence. A few toasty charred wood notes right at the back.” 93-95 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
“An exuberantly spicy nose reflects aromas of exotic tea, sandalwood, red and dark currant plus a pretty array of floral elements. The supple and round flavors possess both good volume and richness though not nearly the same minerality on the succulent yet still entirely serious finish that coats the palate with sappy dry extract. This is a quality Ech though at least some patience is required.” 91-93 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 73
“The pretty bouquet of vivacious red fruit, infused with touches of crushed violet, is not powerful or multifaceted compared to the previous two vintages. The palate is very well balanced with seamlessly integrated new oak, fleshy on the midpalate, and displays gentle but insistent grip toward the finish. I admire the gradual build in this Echézeaux, which should drink perfectly well after four or five years. Very fine.” 91-93 points, Neal Martin, Vinous