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.
(from 5 separate parcels in both Chambertin and Clos de Bze, which measure .84 ha; note that this figure includes the declassified vines). Here the nose is similar to that of the Gevrey 1er save for being just a touch fresher. There is also a bit better energy to the bigger-bodied and richer flavors that are also exceptionally ripe yet manage to retain slightly better balance on the noticeably warm and mocha-inflected finish. This is impressive in its fashion but its almost too much of a good thing.
(70% new oak; entirely destemmed): Dark red with ruby tones. Aromas of blueberry, blackberry and violet suggest a profound but energetic wine. Silky on entry, offering a surprisingly light tough, then compellingly floral in the middle palate, further energized by penetrating minerality. This remarkably weightless Chambertin may turn out to be Domaine Prieur's best in a long time. Finishes extremely long, with noble tannins, subtle building perfume and palate-saturating minerality. Winemaker Gublin noted that because this terroir produces a naturally floral, aerienne style, the wine does not need to be lifted by the inclusion of whole clusters; she added that the estate's tiny piece of Clos de Bze is probably the source of this wine's floral high notes.
The 2015 Chambertin Grand Cru does not include any whole bunch this year, but does include vines in Clos-de-Bze. It matured in 70% new oak. It has a velvety smooth bouquet that is very seductive: black cherries, creme de cassis and iodine aromas that unfurl from the glass. The palate is well balanced with succulent ripe tannin. This is very juicy with very good weight in the mouth, although I would like to see more precision and terroir expression develop on the finish.
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