The 2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru was cropped at 25.70hl/ha and picked on 12 and 14 September. It has an engaging bouquet that offers a mixture of red and blue fruit, perhaps more floral than I have discerned in previous vintages, hint of crushed violet surfacing after 10 to 15 minutes in the glass. There is something playful about this Echézeaux. It’s a little ingenue. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe fruit with commendable density, a little more sinew and backbone than previous vintages, albeit without the tension and complexity of its siblings on the finish. This is an impressive Echézeaux that should drink younger than its siblings.
After the more restrained Corton, the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's 2015 Échézeaux Grand Cru bursts from the glass with a flamboyant bouquet of mulberry, black cherry, wood smoke and a lavish framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and intense, with a classically firm chassis of tannin and a lovely core of sappy, succulent fruit. This was the last of DRC's vineyards to be harvested, but despite its overtly ripe aromas and flavors, it retains superb acidity and focus and should amply reward cellaring. Cropped at 26 hectoliters per hectare and harvested September 12 and 14.