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.
The 2009 Champ-Pimont Blanc is a richly textured Chardonnay dominated by honey, roasted nut, apple pear and apricot.
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
"Pale, bright yellow. Apricot, butter and a whiff of toast on the nose. Fresh apricot fruit is enlivened by juicy acidity and a suggestion of yeasty minerality from the chalk. Rounder than the Clos de la Feguine, and more typical of the vintage. Nicely concentrated and persistent wine with a solid finish."
"Here too there is some wood in evidence but not enough to materially detract from the purity of the acacia blossom, lemon peel and poached pear aromas that are followed by round yet well-detailed and energetic medium weight flavors that possess good mid palate fat and plenty of underlying tension on the dry and again, saline-suffused finish. This is really very good and worth considering."
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
"Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. Touches of smoke and walnut on the well-defined nose that is tightly coiled at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with lime cordial on the entry, leading to a nutty, well defined finish. Good terroir showing through here."
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