91 Points Allen Meadows
The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti fashioned outstanding ’96s and while this will not challenge the dominance of its more esteemed stable mates, it is clearly a lovely effort. The expressive nose displays lovely spice and violet aromas that offer more elegance and finesse than usual and lead to rich, sweet and moderately structured flavors supported by bright but not aggressive acidity and excellent finishing persistence. I quite like the ’96 Ech and while it can finally be approached now with pleasure it should be capable of holding at this level for years to come.
93 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
This is showing superbly. Quite a deep hue for Echezeaux. A dense, earthy nose with black cherries, bilberry, autumn leaves and damp moss. Very good lift and intensity, developing just a hint of coca after twenty minutes in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with good acidity and excellent structure; one not embarrassed being served adjacent to La Tache ’96. Great persistency and weight, fleshy and tense towards the finish that just cuts off a little too early.