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.
“Good medium red. Dark cherry, flowers, spices, leather and iron on the nose. Sweet, juicy and lively, showing more lift and depth of flavor than the recently bottled Meursault Clos de Mazeray and Beaune Clos de la Feguine. Notes of flowers, minerals and iron carry through to the firm finish. Plenty of soil character here.” 87-89 pts. -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar.-Apr. 2009
Score: 89 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Robert M. Parker, Jr.
The Prieur 2007 Beaune Champs Pimonts displaysattractive salinity, smokiness, and clean, rawmeatiness to complement its sweet, ripe blackraspberry, dark cherry, and beet root. Resinous,leathery, and smoky overtones point at least in partto oak, but there is no drying or disruptive tannin,and in fact a flatteringly silken texture such as onedoesnt often encounter in the vintage is present.This doesnt aim as high (nor, of course, does itsappellation raise such high expectations) as most ofthe other Prieur wines, but in this vintage itdeliciously hits its target. Enjoy it over the next 2-3years.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Insider Author: Bruce Sanderson
A plush, modern style, in an elegant, slim profile. Vanilla and bright cherry and blackberry flavors match up with firm yet civilized tannins. Needs a year or two to integrate.
Score: 90 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows'
A naturally smoky nose also features a fresh and expressive set of cool but deeply pitched red berry fruit aromas that give way to ripe and serious flavors that are rich, round, delicious and relatively supple, all wrapped in an overtly mineral, balanced and long finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth.
Score: 87 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Good medium red. Dark cherry, flowers, spices, leather and iron on the nose. Sweet, juicy and lively, showing more lift and depth of flavor than the recently bottled Meursault Clos de Mazeray and Beaune Clos de la Feguine. Notes of flowers, minerals and iron carry through to the firm finish. Plenty of soil character here.
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