Échezeaux

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Échezeaux, grand cru of the village of Flagey-Échezeaux in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits, producing red wines from Pinot Noir grapes (see map under burgundy). While wines of village or premier cru status in Flagey-Échezeaux are sold under the name of neighbouring vosne-romanée, the majority of the commune’s vineyard land is shared between the two grands crus Échezeaux and Grands Échezeaux.

Échezeaux is perhaps fortunate to be rated grand cru in its entirety (37.6 ha/92.9 acres), as many of its wines are relatively light. The vineyard is made up of 11 lieux-dits ranging from Les Treux, which has a deep clay soil with indifferent drainage, to Les Échezeaux du Dessus, where the soil is shallower and chalkier and the wine correspondingly finer. It is not the equal, however, of neighbouring Grands Échezeaux (9 ha), which also abuts clos de vougeot.