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.
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
"Good medium red. Less primary fruit and more dried flowers and tobacco leaf on the nose, along with a suggestion of menthol. Supple and thick in the mouth, with iron, spice and smoke notes from the red clay soil. Shows a strong earthy aspect but has energy as well. Finishes with serious breadth and dusty tannins."
"Dark red with ruby highlights. Ripe black fruits and licorice on the deep nose. Then sweet and nicely concentrated, with sappy flavors of dark berries, violet, licorice and spices. Densely packed and long, with nicely integrated acidity and fully ripe tannins. A superb vintage in the making for this cuvee. The crop level here was just 15 hectoliters per hectare, according to Nadine Gublin, but due to the poor flowering rather than to hail. (The Meursault Clos de Mazeray, which received numerous treatments against oidium during the growing season, was extremely reduced in November and impossible to taste.)"
"The 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Champs Pimont comes from more ferrous clay soils. It needs a little time to really open, but it gradually unfurls to reveal macerated small red cherries mixed with light marmalade scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite solid tannins. There is good backbone here, although the finish is very reticent at the moment and needs to develop a little more vigor by the time of bottling."
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