Terroir: The 4.2 acre Domaine Jacques Prieur parcel of 1er Cru Greves sits on the slope overlooking the town of Beaune just west of the village. The vineyard faces southeast and produces both red and white wines of superior quality. Soils are made up primarily of small pebbles (Greves), sand and clay leading to a wine of great elegance.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 23 days prior to racking. The red and white Greves both undergo 100% malolactic fermentation and 16 months of aging in oak barrels.
Score: 92 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Rich with concentrated dark plum and spice flavors, laced with the acidity of the vintage and a firm, dry character. It really needs aging, but already shows impressive style."
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Candied cherry and oak spice flavors are matched to a firm, linear structure in this red. It picks up a mineral vein that persists through the finish."
"The 2008 Beaune Clos De La Figuine incorporated fruit from the majority of the acreage that Prieur re-planted in that site four years previously, so it is not so surprising that it took a back seat to their 2008 Beaune Greves. Here, a dense yet juicy palate alliance of leather, sweet cherry fruit, and roasted meats is accented by toasted nuts, nutmeg, and resin that reflected, at least in part, a one-third share of new cooperage. A slight rusticity of finishing tannin does not significantly detract from this wines essential richness, and I suspect it will merit holding for as long as a decade. "
"A discreet nose of pure and notably ripe red and blue pinot fruit has the additional elements of wood, spice and mineral hints, all of which carry over to the seductively textured and concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess real verve and excellent length. Fine quality here and worth considering but note that patience will be required as the tannins are quite firm."
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