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.
"(malo just finished) Subtly saline aromas of lemon drop and crushed and wet stone. Wonderfully brisk and chewy, with terrific acidity and powerful minerality giving intensity to the middle palate and lifting and extending the finish. The crop level here was cut by hail, and the team eliminated the second-generation grapes at the harvest. This is 13.9% alcohol, with 4.3 grams per liter acidity." 89-92 pts. -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept.-Oct. 2008
Score: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
From barrel, the Prieur 2007 Chevalier-Montrachet is prominently citric, saline, and chalky for a young wine from this great site, with its orchard fruit aspects closely shadowed by the bitterness of fruit pits. Yet for all of its brightness, this is absolutely sumptuous in texture, with a creaminess and polish that somehow do not engender any sense of bifurcation, although the corseting of wood is quite obvious. This stains the palate with zesty citrus oil, pear skin, piquant nuttiness, chalk dust, and brine. This formidable wine could do with a bit more charm and intrigue, which may well come, and it will certainly bear repeated visits - for any lucky and wealthy enough to afford them - over at least the next 6-8 years.
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Good pale color. White peach, crushed stone and menthol on the nose, with good spicy lift. Brisk and vibrant in the mouth, with terrific cut provided by stony acidity. The rising finish really perks up the palate. A hailstorm at the end of April virtually cut the ultimate crop in half.
Score: 92 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows'
Discreet oak notes highlight the classy, cool and layered radiant white flower, citrus and wet limestone aromas and lead to gorgeously refined, pure, elegant and understated flavors combining intense minerality and marvelous detail, all wrapped in a finish that delivers remarkable depth and stunning length. I love the underlying sense of tension and this is borderline painfully intense because while there is no doubt that this is a highly refined effort, it is also impressively powerful.
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