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2017 Cecile Tremblay Echezeaux #164041021


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John Gilman

Reviews 95 points Wine Advocate "...is showing very well from bottle, unwinding from the glass with aromas of raspberries, cassis, spices, smoked meats, rich soil tones and bergamot. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, velvety and fleshy, with a textural attack, ripe acids and melting tannins. Long and perfumed, this is a gourmand, succulent Echezeaux that will offer a broad drinking window. (WK)" 94-96 points Vinous "The 2017 Echezeaux du Dessus Grand Cru has a luxurious bouquet of copious red cherry, crushed strawberry, orange zest and tangerine. The palate is medium-bodied with sumptuous red fruit, the richness offset by a fine bead of acidity. A little exotic but not ostentatious, revealing a tang of white pepper toward the persistent finish. Superb. (NM)" 92-95 points Burghound "Here the wood treatment is a bit more evident though it's not intrusive as the overtly floral and ultra-spicy aromas attest. The sleek and well-detailed flavors possess a highly attractive mouthfeel if only average density while offering outstanding complexity and persistence on the markedly saline and very firm finish. This youthfully austere effort is clearly going to require extended keeping if you wish to see it at its peak. In a word, excellent. (AM)"

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About Cecile Tremblay

Located in Morey-St-Denis, Domaine Cécile Tremblay has swiftly gained acclaim since its inception in 2003. Sprouting from a mere three hectares to its current size of almost ten, Cécile Tremblay has infused the domaine with vigor and tenacity, substantiated by her athletic and spirited demeanor. An innovative vigneronne, she's the first in her family to take the reins, inheriting the legacy of her great-grandfather, Edouard Jayer, a notable cooper, and kin to the legendary Henri Jayer.

The vineyards sprawl between Nuits-St-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin, and while historic ties draw connections to renowned producers like Henri Jayer, Tremblay’s approach—embracing whole bunch fermentation—departs radically from her celebrated uncle’s 100% destemmed method. This divergence underlines Tremblay's singular vision and commitment to authenticity.

Bearing the influence of both traditional and innovative techniques, the wines resonate with profound depth and unique character. Notable cuvées include Echezéaux and Chapelle-Chambertin, each reflecting the terroir's intricate balance of clay-limestone marls atop mid-Jurassic limestone bedrock.

Ecologically conscious, Tremblay transitioned to biodynamic farming, securing organic certification in 2005 and biodynamic certification in 2016. Her meticulous vineyard care involves both mechanical and equine plowing, complemented by judicious treatments and herbal preparations. Grapes, once harvested, experience a traditional winemaking process with an old-fashioned vertical press, and age in handpicked barrels.

Cécile Tremblay’s wines, especially offerings like the legendary Echezéaux, embody the amalgamation of tradition and innovation, sealing her position among Burgundy's elite vignerons. With each vintage, the domaine cements its standing as a beacon of quality and precision in the illustrious landscape of Burgundian winemaking.

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