Terroir: The 5.6 acre Domaine Jacques Prieur parcel of 1er Cru Champ-Pimont sits on the slope overlooking the town of Beaune just west of the village. The vineyard faces due east and produces both red and white wines of superior quality. The soils range from clay based in the lower slopes to mineral rich (iron) gravel soils further up the the slope.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 24 hours prior to fermentation. The red and white Champ-Pimont both undergo 100% malolactic fermentation and 17 months of aging in oak barrels.
Pale color. Aromas of peach, pineapple, flowers and rocks. Supple and intense but light on its feet; more complex and energetic than the preceding samples. Very suave, silky wine with lovely ripeness and length. I underrated this last year. 91 pts. -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept.-Oct. 2008
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
The Prieur 2007 Beaune Champs Pimonts had been in bottle two months when I tasted it and quite possibly in part on that account was open and expressive. Pineapple and lemon oil make for a pungent, fresh aroma and palate impression, with the wines generous, juicy citrus harmoniously complimented by alluring creaminess and subtle flavor inflections from lees and barrel. While not notably nuanced or complex, this is irresistibly exuberant palpably dense, and both lively and mineral in stony, salty senses in its finish. I would plan to enjoy it over the next 3-5 years.
Score: 89 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Medium yellow. Yellow fruits and spices on the vibrant nose, with complicating mineral and saline notes. At once juicy and sweet, with enticing salty mineral traces giving lift to the sappy middle palate. In a rather generous style but with good nerve. Finishes with very good life and length.
Score: 88 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows'
Here the nose is even more citrus-infused with freshly sliced lemon and grapefruit aromas that serve to introduce richer and rounder flavors that possess generous mid-palate sap on the dense and mouth coating finish where notes of peach and apricot can be found. This is distinctly different from the Fguine but offers rough qualitative parity. A choice.
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