This Grand Cru was developed by Cistercian monks, absorbing neighbouring lieu-dits, or plots of vines over time, to become a somewhat large vineyard of 37.69 hectares. Consequently, there are geological disparities throughout, with thinner topsoils above and heavier marls at the bottom. This has obvious repercussions for ripening patterns, stylistic outcomes and harvesting and vinification choices given respective vintage conditions. Fourrier’s Echezeaux is marked by his signature lighter hue and succulent red fruit notes with a beam of peony. The intensity of flavour and the wine’s strident length across the palate are compelling.
Red: its colour is ruby, shading towards the darker tones of magenta and purple. Its bouquet is redolent of animal, spice notes, underbrush, and prune, evolving with age towards musk, leather, fur and mushroom. When young, its aromas suggest rose, violet and fresh cherry. On the palate, there is a heightened attack and an agreeable balance between supple tannins and fully-rounded flavour. The dense texture and tight grain of these wines fully open after 4-5 years in the cellar.