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, Mar.-Apr. 2009
Score: 89 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
Sour cherry, blond tobacco, and brown spices in the nose, follow on a finely-textured though fundamentally firm, as well as buoyant palate. There are impressive nuances to the finish here that can only be characterized as mineral, of a sort that local lore at least would have us associate with the iron-rich chalk that underlies this site. I suspect this will be worth following from bottle for 4-6 years.
Score: 87 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Good medium red. Aromas of cherry, currant, iron, smoke and tobacco. Fairly rich and supple but could use more grip. Comes across as a bit dry and tannic today, but this is closed at present. Will get spicy and mushroomy with bottle aging
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