Domaine du Comte Liger Belair   Echezeaux Grand Cru

2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Burgundy

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, with its enviable parcel of vineyards in Vosne-Romanée, has bestowed upon oenophiles a tapestry of Burgundian elegance in the form of the 2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru. This particular vintage encapsulates a year marked by erratic weather patterns which preceded a magnificent Indian summer in Burgundy, resulting in a unique expression of terroir.


An Investment Worthy of Oenological Adoration

Despite the regional challenges that 2012 presented, including hailstorms and a cool spring that led to an astoundingly small yield, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair harnessed these adversities to cultivate a wine swathed in complexity. For investors seeking out exceptional Burgundian crus, the 2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru emerges as an alluring asset by showcasing the deftness of the winemaker's art under constraint.


The Quintessence of Échézeaux in 2012

Tasting the 2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru, one is greeted by an intricate array of olfactory pleasures – a mesmeric bouquet seasoned with notes of wild cherries and earthy truffle. On the palate, the wine’s pedigree unconceals itself; it is simultaneously robust and refined, with an underlying structure that promises longevity. The interplay between the savoury nuances and ripe red fruit encapsulates the essence of Échézeaux’s exemplary Pinot Noir.

Vinification techniques adhered to time-honoured tradition, used sparingly to allow the vintage's narrative to resonate. Aged perfectly to maturity, this Grand Cru entwines the past climatic idiosyncrasies with present-day pleasure – a true testament to Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair's mastery.

In summary, immersed within each glass of the 2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair lies a harmonious balance sprung from a temperamental season. Its distinctive attributes render it not just a compelling addition to any connoisseur's collection but also an opportunity for fine wine investors keen to enhance their portfolio with a noble Burgundy that whispers the enchanting tale of its creation.

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Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Echézeaux Grand Cru from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair has a slightly disjointed nose at first, but it melds together nicely in the glass, revealing pure blackberry and raspberry fruit, heather and fresh mint notes with aeration. There is focus and intensity here that builds before you. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, very well-judged acidity, cohesive and voluminous with a very precise finish that indicates some very clever, judicious winemaking. This is an Echézeaux from the top drawer, confirming previous bottles that have excelled.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2015

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