Deep ruby-red with attractive purplish highlights. Very forthcoming and straightforward bouquet with hints of ripe black fruit (blackcurrant and blueberry) as well as delicately spicy and toasty aromas. Elegant structure and quite delicious Pure, well-focused fruit Concentrated, silky tannin. Classy aftertaste.
From the micro-climatically distinct and highly-favored Champs Treversins section of that sprawling cru (with the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti as neighbors), the Prieur 2006 Echezeaux offers one of those examples where this vintage will give 2005 more than a run for its money's worth. Deep, sweetly-ripe cherry and roasted meat are accented with musk oil, iodine, and cherry pit. This is almost implosively intense – threatening a sense of severity - yet it's fine-grained, and carries a sense of energy and lift into its long, savory, mineral-inflected, dynamically complex finish. The overall tone is dark, but an abundance of primary fruit juiciness is proof against austerity.
Enologist Nadine Gublin reports that the Prieur team performed a severe triage of 2006 Pinot – especially from the Cote de Beaune – both in the vineyards and on tables. The fine results speak for themselves, boasting (with one exception) purity of fruit and complexity, as well as a range of distinctively 2006 virtues. Their Chambertin – which, like the wine from their other grand crus, had been assembled but not yet bottled when I last tasted them – presented a special challenge due to the degree to which the Prieur parcels were damaged by hail, and a decision was made to declassify even the small amount of fruit that was vinified. The Pinot crop was harvested at 12.5-13.5% potential alcohol; required no adjustment; and was all destemmed. The wines were (or will for the most part have been) lightly plaque-filtered.
($320) Good full medium red. Redcurrant and flowers on the sappy, primary nose. Intensely flavored and dense but quite tight and hard to taste. Very imploded today; much less sweet and fruity than the 2007. This has the sappiness and backbone for a slow evolution in bottle but today it's not showing the back-end lift or sheer flavor intensity of the Musigny.
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