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 2008 Beaune Champ-Pimont is light and elegant on the palate with bright fruit layered with exotic spice.
Score: 91 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"A ripe, pure wine of red fruit around a core of toast., dominated by vital acidity and an edge of dry tannins. The wine is linear, finely balanced. Fruity and exuberant."
"Ripe, lightly-cooked cherry tinged with cherry pit bitterness and nutmeg in the nose of Prieurs 2008 Beaune Champs Pimonts lead to a palate less impressively dense than that of the corresponding Greves, yet not really lighter on its feet due to slightly gum-numbing tannins. That said, the wines persistent sweetness of fruit and spice hold considerable appeal, and there is certainly potential for this to smooth out in bottle over the next half dozen or more years. But I would monitor its evolution closely."
"Discreet but not invisible wood sets off the fresh and bright nose of sliced lemon, white flower and subtle wet stone notes that are also picked up by the vibrant middle weight flavors that possess good mid-palate fat, all wrapped in a dry and mildly saline-influenced finish. Lovely and fashioned in an understated style."
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