Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Ledomduvin: Domaine Bizot Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014

Domaine Bizot Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014

This "OVNI" (Objet Vineux Non Identifié) is a "UNICORN" in the world of Burgundy Grand Cru. 

One can only feel privileged to be in the presence of such a rare bottle.

One of the smallest Domaines in Burgundy, Domaine Bizot is highly sought-after by connoisseurs and collectors. It spans only 3.5 hectares, with 2.5 hectares of vines planted in the village of Vosne-Romanée and 1 hectare located further north around Marsannay. Due to its size and rarity, it is often considered a unicorn among wine enthusiasts.

The Domaine has achieved "cult" status due to its tiny production. All its appellations combined rarely exceed 10,000 bottles in a regular vintage. Lesser vintages, such as 2010 and 2012, saw the total production fall to only 5,000 bottles.

Jean-Yves Bizot produces a very limited amount of his Echezeaux, only five barrels or less than 1500 bottles, making it a true unicorn and incredibly difficult to access.

It is his only “Grand Cru". His other wines are made from other appellations, such as Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru and Village, Marsannay, Bourgogne Blanc, and Rouge.

Since his first vintage in 1995, he has adopted a minimalist approach to winemaking for all his wines. This includes organic vineyard management methods, whole cluster vinification, fermenting in wooden vats at low temperatures, using little or no sulfur during vinification and “élevage,” and aging in 100% new oak barrels.

Meticulously hand-bottled, barrel by barrel, without filtration, Bizot's wines require long aging to reach their full potential and reward those with the patience to wait for them. 

Finding a bottle of Bizot's Echezeaux is already a quest in itself. And as if this was not hard enough, all this goodness, charm, subtlety, elegance, and complexity come at a higher price than its DRC counterpart.

I often refer to myself as one of the luckiest sommeliers in the world, and getting my hands on one of these most coveted bottles proves it once again. 

However, this bottle was a gift from a guest to the dinner host, and they decided not to open it. Therefore, I could not taste it. Nevertheless, I hope to get a chance to taste it someday.

Cheers! Santé!


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