Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur owns a small 1/2 acre parcel of 1er Cru of Clos de la Fèguine which is perched on a very steep portion of the south facing hillside. This vineyard sits on a former quarry and contains a light brown silty soil made up of gravelly clay and limestone. Ideal drainage.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 24 hours prior to fermentation. The wine ages for 17 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
(a 1.59 ha climat of Coucherias and a monopole of the domaine). A well-layered mix of both red and dark currant is trimmed in ripe nuances of plum and violets. The exceptionally rich, suave and seductively textured flavors possess an opulent mouth feel while delivering reasonably good length on the dusty and mineral-inflected finish. Note that this rather plump effort could easily be enjoyed young.
Bright dark red. Aromas of dark fruits and licorice are lifted by pungent minerals. The juicy, very dark flavors of black cherry, black plum, spices and bitter chocolate reminded me a bit of Saint-Emilion. Still a touch reduced and not yet showing the texture or breadth one would expect from the high octane level.
The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Fguine, which was totally de-stemmed, offers attractive blackberry, raspberry coulis and gravel scents on the nose. The palate is well balanced with sappy, juicy red cherry and raspberry fruit on the entry, the new oak (20%) lending a pleasant sheen and smoothness on the finish. Afford this a year or two in bottle.
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