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.
This is also quite ripe as there are similar liqueur-like aromas of red and dark cherry, plum and subtle spice nuances. Here too there is excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the nicely energetic and more obviously mineral-inflected flavors that possess fine persistence if not quite the same complexity on the slightly warm finale. Like the Fguine, this could easily be enjoyed on the younger side.
(destemmed; these vines on soil rich in red clay are mostly 40 years old; the yield here was just 17 hectoliters per hectare due to hail the previous two years, according to owner Edouard Labruyre): Bright red-ruby. Penetrating scents of black cherry and licorice complicated by leather and smoke nuances. Offers excellent primary fruit intensity with a framing element of minerality. Finishes firm and long but with nothing dry about the tannins. An excellent showing.
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