For the first time, Maxime Chuerlin decided to use stems in his crown jewel, the 2019 Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru, settling on 25% whole bunch for this year. This was an astute decision, because it lends freshness and more complexity to the bouquet of blackberry, undergrowth, tobacco and crushed limestone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, hints of peppermint behind the black fruit and touches of white pepper and sage toward a finish that fans out wonderfully. A slam-dunk for Maxime Chuerlin. Five barrels produced, matured entirely in new oak.

Neal Martin - Vinous Media ((96-98))