Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur owns two acres of vines idealy located on the mid level slopes of the Grand Cru of Chambertin. Soil here is rich in organic material, mineral and clay and vines are old and very densely planted to encourage competition amongst the vines, limiting yields and producing fruit of great concentration.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must macerates in temperature controlled oak vats for 21 days. The wine ages for 17 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
This is a majestic wine, almost black in color and bursting with bright Pinot Noir perfume. Surprisingly open at such a young age, it is hinting at complex layers of black fruit, oak and earth. Built for the long haul.
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"a flashy red, but rich and vibrant, displaying black cherry, black currant and spice flavors. This builds beautifully on the palate to a long aftertaste of mineral and sweet fruit."
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
"Good medium red. Deep, cool aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, flint, smoke and earth. Spicy and pure but reticent; a bit folded in on itself on the palate. But this sweet, densely packed wine is not hard despite its lively, lightly peppery acidity. Very sharply delineated wine that really spreads out and lingers on the aftertaste. This will need several years of aging to absorb its oak."
"This cool and equally fresh and restrained nose offers notably denser and much more complex aromas of red and blue pinot fruit, violets, earth and pungent minerality that is very much in keeping with the backward and ultra primary flavors that are firm, intense and precise, all wrapped in an austere, driving and powerful finish. This has everything it needs to amply reward long-term cellaring and it will need it."
"There is a tiny amount of Prieur 2008 Chambertin – most of the fruit from this site being bottled as “premier cru” due to its young vines – still in barrel when I tasted. Toast, resin, nutmeg, and caramel from barrel are more prominent in the nose than I would prefer, but on the palate licorice and ripe dark cherry offer convincing sweetness and a surprisingly supple texture and lingering, sappy finish are not interrupted by any even faintly gum-numbing or drying tannin. I don’t sense the advent of any real excitement, but I would not be surprised to see the wine gain in complexity prior to bottling and suspect it will merit cellaring for at least ten or a dozen years."
Score: 91 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
"Good ruby-red. Ripe, sexy aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, spices, pepper and flowers. Dense, supple and surprisingly pliant for a young Chambertin in 2008. The sappiness of its primary black cherry and spice flavors leaves it quite light on its feet. Finishes firmly tannic, highly aromatic and quite suave, with lovely lingering sweetness for the vintage."
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