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: 89 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
Medium yellow. Very fresh, almost metallic lemony aroma. Offers very good mid-palate energy and good lemony cut and intensity. Finishes tactile, savory and quite firm; there's nothing easy about this wine in the early going.
(from a 1.17 ha parcel). A slightly fresher nose is composed of liqueur-like aromas of black raspberry, lilac, violet and whisper of warm earth. There is a better sense of verve to the detailed and relatively powerful medium-bodied flavors that possess fine mid palate concentration while delivering better length and balance on the mouth coating finale. I very much like the palate impression as its at once generous yet serious.
Bright dark red. Very dark aromas of blueberry, black cherry, chocolate mint and licorice. Densely packed, ripe and chocolatey, but with lovely freshness and inner-mouth tension; reminded me of a Bordeaux from the Right Bank. The gunflint and gravel notes come from the small rocks in the vineyard. Saturates the mouth with fruit and dusts the aftertaste with ripe tannins.
The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grves was totally de-stemmed and raised in 20% new oak. It is quite feisty at first, although it calms down in the glass, here a melange of red and black fruit whilst the oak needs a couple more months to be fully assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin, bright red cherry and strawberry on the entry with a pleasant piquancy towards the finish. This is one of the best Beaunes from Jacques Prieur this year.
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