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Échezeaux


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The Échezeaux vineyard, lying within the village of Flagey-Échezeaux, is one of the most productive Grands Crus and its location near Vosne-Romanée makes it very desirable. Although it is not one of the leading vineyards in the world, and a number of accolades are taken by smaller, more exclusive Grands Échezeaux, the vineyard is nonetheless an important one. Échezeaux is made up of 86 acres of vineyards, which yield over 13,000 cases per year of wine. The main problem with Échezeaux is that over 80 producers have a share of the vineyard, making for highly variable quality. Fortunately, several producers have gained a reputation for consistently Grand Cru level wine that does not disappoint.

History

Échezeaux was made an AOC in 1937, a year after the smaller vineyard of Grands Échezeaux was recognized. The number of producers has, strangely, continued to grow, and as a result the best of Échezeaux's vineyards (there are actually 11 merged to create the appellation) have been wasted on some producers.

Climate and Viticulture

The 11 vineyards that compose Échezeaux, which are effectively merged in order to make up the appellation, have varying degrees of quality. The whole area boasts excellent weather conditions and rainfall patterns, as well as low-yielding Pinot Noir grapes, but one of the problems here is a slight inconsistency in soil. Generalizing about soil in Échezeaux is difficult, but the best calcareous soil can certainly be counted upon to provide wine just as great as the more exclusive Grands Échezeaux with its more concentrated, complex soil.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

There are over 80 producers in Échezeaux, and as a result quality is variable. Prices range from the low $100s, which is very inexpensive for a Grand Cru Burgundy, all the way up to thousands for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's exclusive offering. Here is a sampling of 20 good producers.

Subregions

Grands Échezeaux is a separate Grand Cru vineyard; it is the only separately designated appellation within Échezeaux. The administrative subregions, really the names of the 11 vineyards merged together to create Échezeaux, are not so important.