2018 Georges Noellat Echezeaux #158449363
Reviews 94 points Wine Advocate "Cheurlin produced just one and a half barrels of the 2018 Echezeaux Grand Cru, and it is showing very well, unwinding to reveal aromas of sweet berry and cherry fruit mingled with exotic spices, loamy soil, dark chocolate and spices. Full-bodied, layered and velvety, with terrific concentration and a textural, multidimensional profile, it's built around succulent acids and ripe tannins. (WK)" 91-93 points Vinous "has a ripe bouquet with floral scents of iris and violet infusing the precocious black cherry and blueberry fruit. This is a modern take on this grand cru. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins and a little confit-like in style. (NM)"
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About Georges Noellat
With a focus on minimal intervention, Maxime manages the estate's profound terroirs of Vosne Romanée and northern Nuits St Georges, which include a large proportion of incredibly old vines planted before WWII. Maxime has already gained a reputation for his elegant, lacy style of Pinot Noir, which emphasizes the purity of fruit and refinement. All grapes are hand-harvested and cool-macerated before fermentation, with only native yeasts used. During vinification, Maxime prefers the term infusion to extraction, so punch downs are rare and gentle. The use of new oak depends on the appellation and vintage but ranges from 30% to 100%. Aging takes 14 to 20 months, and the wines are generally bottled without fining or filtration.
Despite being a small estate with only five and a half hectares of land, a large proportion of it is old vines, which he intends to preserve with special attention and care. Neal Martin from the Wine Advocate has said, Maxime seems to be a driven young vigneron whose tenets have been instilled from an early age, but wow – what potential!