95 Points Allen Meadows
A soaring and gorgeously complex and highly spiced nose is distinctly cool and overtly floral in character with its notes of violet and rose petal, hoisin, soy and clove along with black pinot fruit, cassis and plum. The impressively intense and very serious broad-shouldered flavors possess outstanding mid-palate concentration before culminating in a strikingly long and palate staining finish. This stunningly long effort is quite fine by the usual standards of the appellation because while this is certainly muscular, it’s taut and sleek rather than robust. Not surprisingly at only 9 years of age, this beauty is still very much on the way up and is a wine that will need at least another decade to arrive at its peak and 15 more years would not surprise me.
96 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
This is the second time that I have tasted the 2010 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru from bottle from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, and it was a wine that prompted a table of mature Pinot aficionadoes to remark upon the joys of infanticide. This is just a fantastic wine from the domaine. The nose is heavenly with its exquisite delineation, the fruit maybe a touch darker and earthier than a couple of years ago — yet still with subtle woodland/sous-bois aromas and a hint of morels. The palate is wonderfully defined, so fresh and precise with filigree tannin. Yet there is great backbone to this wine, a framework that imparts a sense of symmetry that is totally disarming. Of course, readers should afford this magnificent wine a decade in the cellar…unless by complete accident a corkscrew falls into the cork and twists around until the cork pops out. Then you will have to drink it.
18.5/20 Jancis Robinson
Broad and rich on the nose – more obvious fruit and structure than the straight Échezeaux. Lively and racy on the palate with a real structural frame. Dense undertow. There is not a great deal of difference in pure quality terms between Échezeaux and Grands Échezeaux.