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.
Soft, smooth and incredibly open for this early stage. Ripe, perfumed berry fruit leads off and combines with earth, plum and toasty chocolate. Very well balanced.
Score: 92 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Initially austere, then showing rich sweet fruit over a solid structure. The wine offers considerable aging potential with its strong tannic character, while it already shows a delicious, more gentle side."
"An extremely ripe nose speaks of plum and hints of prune that lead to very rich, round and generous flavors that evidence a light minerality on the clean and dusty finish that possesses good verve and persistence. At present this seems somewhat awkward as the nose is borderline over ripe yet the finish is balanced and doesnt display any of the surmature hints of the nose."
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
"Good bright dark red. Perfumed, profound aromas and flavors of red cherry, rose oil, minerals and crushed stone, with darker berries emerging with air. Like liquid velvet on the palate--lush dense and incredibly fine-grained. Most impressive today on the extraordinary expanding, palate-staining finish, which rises to a crescendo of spices and minerals. A wine of great thrust and chewiness, this is hard to scrape off the palate. An essence of Corton grand cru."
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