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Understanding Echézeaux plus 16 wines worth seeking out

Charles Curtis MW takes a deep dive into the lieux-dits of Echézeaux, a grand cru of Flagey-Echézeaux, which he says, easily ranks among the most misunderstood communes of the Côte d’Or.

Flagey-Echézeaux easily ranks among the most misunderstood communes of the Côte d’Or. While many wine lovers have heard Vosne-Romanée called ‘The Pearl of the Côte’, few recognise the importance of neighbouring Flagey-Echézeaux in the equation, despite its ability to produce spectacular wines.

65% of the vineyards in Flagey are classified as grand cru, while in Vosne, only 17% of the vineyards hold that classification.

Of the remaining vines in Flagey, 16% are premier cru and 19% are village, while the proportions in Vosne are 30% and 53%, respectively. And yet, one will never see Flagey on a label since the village and premier cru-level wines are sold as Vosne-Romanée. It seems that Flagey is doing a lot of the work, and Vosne is getting all the credit.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 16 enchanting Echézeaux

See Charles’ tasting notes and scores for 16 fabulous Echézeaux

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