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.
"Full medium red. Complex, refined nose offers scents of small wild red fruits, flowers, spices, menthol and licorice. Tightly wound and very backward, showing terrific lift and chewy density to its crunchy dark fruit and mineral flavors. This extremely young Chambertin is showing little in the way of facile sweetness today but has the balance and serious tannic clout to repay extended cellaring. It may well merit a higher score a decade hence."
"The 2012 Chambertin Grand Cru comes from the older vines in Chambertin and Clos de Beze that winemaker Nadine Gublot may ultimately decide to demote into premier cru depending on how they evolve during elevage. It has a more sophisticated bouquet than the premier cru sample, demonstrating more delineation and focus albeit a similar fruit profile. The palate is medium-bodied with gently gripping tannins, a fine saline note infusing the black, spicy fruit with a pleasant sense of austerity manifesting on the finish, denying that peacocks tail of a grand cru at the moment. It will be fascinating to see what Nadine decides to do."
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