Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur farms just over a 1/4 acre of Grand Cru Chevalier-Montrachet, which is a sizable share of this heavily fragmented vineyard of just 18 acres. Chevalier-Montrachet sits high on the slope above neighboring vineyards of Le Montrachet and Batard Montrachet. Soils here are rocky and extremely well drained. This is hallowed ground for Chardonnay lovers.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 12-14 hours prior to fermentation. The wine ages for 17 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
"This is also mildly surprising as it's the ripest wine in the range and without its usual aromatic elegance with a moderately expressive nose of peach compote, citrus and floral hints that give way to dense, long and powerful flavors that do possess the hallmark minerality and refined mouth feel, all wrapped in a driving finish brimming with dry extract. This is very impressive though by no means typical of the appellation, at least not at this point." 91-93 pts. -Burghound, July 2008
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Good pale green-tinged color. Very pure, fine aromas of lime, mint and crushed stone. Juicy, stony and very intense, with super ripe dried fruit flavors cut by firm acidity. This 200-pound ballerina will need five or six years to harmonize its sweetness (14.6% alcohol, with 3.5 grams of r.s.!) and acidity.
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