Echezeaux Grand Cru Cuvée Jean-Luc Bissey 2018
158th Hospices De Beaune Wine Auction on the 18th November 2018
2018 is a beautiful vintage for red wines – a year which could have been too much of a good thing, with a risk of over-ripeness. However Ludivine Griveau has judged the picking dates exactly right and she also took the crucial step of employing the sorting tables to eliminate any grapes which were beginning to show signs of shrivelling. The result is a series of fine, perfumed, predominantly red-fruit wines which will be rated as belonging to an exceptional vintage.
One barrel less than last year, sadly. The colour displays a magical density. There is a delicious dancing quality to the fruit that fills out the bouquet with raspberry and blueberry notes. The wine has a sumptuous mouth-filling density on the palate but never descends too far towards a vulgar weight, retaining its stylish structure through to an exceptionally intense long finish.
Country/Region: France, Côte de Nuits
Terroirs: Les Echezeaux de Dessus 0.43 ha
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: 750ml