- Region: Red Burgundy
- Producer: Eugenie
- Vintage: 2010
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Grand Cru Red 750 ml
Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
Note: from a .55 ha parcel in the En Orveaux climat with vines planted in 1924 and 1979
Producer note: Château Latour, and more recently Château Grillet in Condrieu, President Frédéric Engerer also directs Domaine Eugénie along with his second in command, régisseur Michel Mallard. As is typically the case, I saw both Engerer and Mallard who told me that 2011 was a "very surprising vintage that doesn't quite have the purity of 2010 but is actually much closer than we thought that it might be. We picked from the 4th to the 9th of September and there was a lot of sorting necessary. We can normally pick our vineyards in four days but in 2011 it required six. Potential alcohols were perfectly good at around 12%. We did our normal vinification using between 30 and 50% whole clusters and used the same wood program that we did in 2010. As to the style of the wines, they are both pure and elegant. Moreover they should age well too but because they are ripe and nicely concentrated with pliable tannins, they should also be accessible young." I would describe the domaine's performance in 2011 as having outperformed the general quality of the vintage. In other developments, the domaine will have several new appellations as it has acquired about one ouvrée (.04285 ha) each of Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet along with two ouvrées of Meursault "Poruzots" and a bit of Chassagne villages. As to the now in-bottle 2010s, they are quite simply terrific up and down the line up. They are more than worth considering if you can find them. (Sherbrooke Cellars, www.sherbrookecellars.com, NY, NY, Atherton Wine Imports, www.awiwine.com, Atherton, CA, Stacole Wines, www.stacolewines.com, FL; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, UK, Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, UK, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, UK, and John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk, UK).
Tasting note: This is also exuberantly fresh with slightly riper aromas of spiced plum, black cherry and a lovely floral component that merges into silky, even velvety flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration. This is both bigger and richer if perhaps not quite as tension-filled on the long, brooding, somber and moderately austere finish. Like the 2011 version this is relatively fine compared to the typical Echézeaux thanks to its terroir but that shouldn't affect its ability to age and improve effortlessly for the next 12 to 15 years as the balance is impeccable.