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.
A young, tightly wrapped Beaune showing restrained flavors of berry fruit, mint, cedar and spice.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Here's a muscular red, packed with both fruit and a firm structure. Black cherry, boysenberry and spice aromas and flavors are underscored by a mineral element. This is lively and balanced, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit and stone."
Score: 93 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"There is rich fruit behind the severe opening tannins, giving a sumptous although firmly structured wine. The raspberry and crushed strawberry flavors are developing well, ready to balance with the tannins after another year."
"A slightly riper and almost as elegant nose offers up hints of red currant and blue pinot fruit along with the typical warm earth nuances. The rich, textured and mouth coating medium-bodied flavors are quite firm though not aggressive, all wrapped in a delicious, long and moderately complex but persistent finish."
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
"Deep red-ruby. Pure aromas of cherry, licorice and spices; less oaky than the Clos de Mazeray. Then supple, ripe and rich on the palate, with a pliant texture to the redcurrant and cherry fruit."
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