2002 Grands Echezeaux
By Domaine Rene Engel
2002 Grands Echezeaux from Domaine Rene Engel, Burgundy, France
The 2002 Grands Echezeaux from Domaine Rene Engel remains an iconic testimony to the exceptional conditions that graced the Burgundian terroir in this heralded vintage. Beneath the reticent, yet ever-inviting bouquet, the performance of Pinot Noir articulates its symphony – composed on the hallowed grounds of Vosne-Romanée's revered vineyards.
The Terroir’s Testament
In 2002, Burgundy was blessed with a splendid growing season. A cool, wet spring gave way to an immaculate summer with ample sunshine and an impeccable September – essential for an outstanding harvest. The result: wines of remarkable harmony and composure that exemplify the adeptness of Domaine Rene Engel in sculpting masterpieces from nature’s largess.
The Vineyard's Voice
In drawing a bead on the 2002 Grands Echezeaux's lineage, one notes structured tannins that are now softening mellifluously, interwoven with a mineral-driven force that conveys the vibrant energy of its cultivation. A rendezvous of red and black fruits – cherries intertwined with hints of blackberries – mingle with aromas of undergrowth and delicate spice. This vintage showcases not only finesse but also an evolving complexity that is the tearaway hallmark of great terroir and timely seasons.
An Oenophilic Odyssey
The inquisitive investor might find in this 2002 offering a profound narrative that speaks volumes of Domaine Rene Engel’s viticultural vanguard. As it unfurls in the glass, the wine reveals layer upon layer – a testament to subtle mastery over oak integration and the nurturing hand necessary for maturation without hampering vivacity.
This poised iteration of 2002 Grands Echezeaux is an opus deftly curated by climatic generosity and Domaine Rene Engel's relentless pursuit of excellence. Resonating with those who perceive wine as more than mere liquid treasure, it hums with potential for growth – in character and value alike – as it acts as a touchstone for what fine Burgundy can achieve in harmonious years. Wine investment connoisseurs will indeed take note; herein lies a vintage worthy not just of collection but of contemplation.
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Scores and tasting notes
Here is heaven in glass. The 2002 Grands Echezeaux possesses one of those bouquets that stops you in your tracks and makes you wonder whether it is worth ever drinking another Pinot Noir again. Sensational red cherry, wild strawberry and bergamot scents abound with a sense of translucency that could bring a tear to the eye, so have your tissues ready. The palate is tense and shimmers in the glass, the acidity nigh on perfect, the texture satin-like and the finish brimming with energy undimmed by bottle age. There is no greater way to remember the late Philippe Engel. Simply fabulous.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2014