Philippe Charlopin-Echezeaux-Grand Cru 2018 (AM93)
Producer note: Philippe Charlopin, who directs this 25 ha domaine with his son Yann, briefly, and candidly, noted that 2018 was a hot and dry vintage that still gave us very good quantities and particularly so in white. We began picking the whites on the 5th of September and then attacked the reds on the 7th. The fruit was clean and very ripe with alcohols that ranged between 13 and 14% though with lower acidities and higher pHs than normal. I used around 30% whole clusters for everything and I think that it helped to add freshness. Overall, 2018 is a very nice vintage that produced juicy and succulent wines but it's not one of the greats. Tasting note: A very spicy but also very ripe nose offers up liqueur-like aromas of cassis, poached plum and a whiff of oak. The exceptionally rich, suave and mouthcoating medium-bodied flavors possess outstanding mid-palate concentration along with a markedly firm tannic spine on the dusty and long finish. This too needs to add depth over time but given the apparent high quality of the underlying material that should happen.