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: 90 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
"Medium red. Tight aromas of red berries and menthol. A step up in energy and cut from the Clos de la Feguine, with small dark berry flavors accented by subtle spices. The brisk finish features fine-grained tannins and a lingering note of licorice."
"Good bright, deep red-ruby. Blackberry, black cherry, licorice and violet on the nose and palate. Dense, fat and seamless but extremely primary, showing excellent life in the mouth. Finishes with big but nicely ripe tannins. Lovely sweetness here."
"The 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Greves comes from a parcel in which Pinot Noir and Chardonnay co-habit. It has a light, attractive apple peel, sherbet and peach skin-scented bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a crisp, citric opening, light and tensile in the mouth with a slightly waxy finish. This is a fine Beaune Greves although I would have just liked a little more persistency in the mouth."
"The 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Greves showed a little more reduction than the Clos de la Feguine on the nose, whilst the palate is sinewy, more masculine and closed than its fellow crus at the moment. It is nicely focused on the finish with good mineralite coming through, the limestone component in the soils lending fine tension. I suggest affording this wine two or three years in bottle before broaching."
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