Domaine Rene Engel   Grands Echezeaux

2003 Grands Echezeaux

By Domaine Rene Engel

2003 Grands Echezeaux from Domaine Rene Engel, Burgundy, France

In the pantheon of illustrious Burgundy vintages, the 2003 Grands Echezeaux from Domaine Rene Engel commands a venerated presence. This is a wine shaped by an anomalously torrid summer, a vintage which tested the resilience of Burgundy's terroir, and one that underscored the mastery inherent within Domaine Rene Engel.


An Unforgettable Climatic Narrative

2003's relentless heatwave is etched in the memory of vigneron and connoisseur alike; a year that engendered ripe and rambunctious fruit across many of the region's vineyards. Yet, through meticulous vine management and harvesting alacrity, the 2003 Grands Echezeaux emerges as an exemplar of balance amidst potential excess. The adeptness with which this vintage articulates the subtleties of its grand cru pedigree is nothing short of remarkable.


The Vinous Ballet Between Power and Finesse

Within the glass, the wine parades a dense ruby hue that gestures towards its concentrated core. On approach, the bouquet avows complexity—dark cherries, subtle earthy undertones, and a whiff of gaminess vying for olfactory attention. With time in the decanter, these aromas pirouette into smokier realms as hints of licorice and cloves ascend. To taste, the 2003 Grands Echezeaux boasts muscular tannins that have evolved elegantly over time; they now frame a symphony of succulent fruit and nuanced spicery.

The ageing potential for serious collectors has proven prodigious; each year seems to gently unfurl newer chapters in its evolving narrative. Considering both its rarity and esteemed origin, the 2003 Grands Echezeaux offers aficionados an investable asset—a vintage regaling tales of climatic adversity triumphed by vinicultural brilliance.


A Connoisseur’s Testament to Time

The evolution of this wine affords it exceptional standing amongst discerning investors seeking to diversify with high-calibre Burgundian collectables. Domaine Rene Engel's rendition of Grand Cru magnificence in this challenging vintage reflects not just the resilience of their vines but also the foresight and skill of their viticultural practice. A true testament to time served on both vine and bottle—it stands as one of the most compelling narratives in recent vinous history and one which resonates with gravitas amidst legions of fine wine enthusiasts.

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Lively black raspberries, cherries, and licorice make up the exuberant aromatics of the 2003 Grands-Echezeaux. A deep, medium-bodied wine filled with black fruit (in fact it comes across as a mass of blackness), it possesses a long finish that displays a hint of alcoholic warmth as well as firm tannin. Drink it between 2008 and 2016. Importer: A Peter Vezan Selection, Paris fax #011-33-1-42-55-42-93

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 28 August 2005

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