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.
The 2008 Chevalier-Montrachet is majestic. While packing plenty of power this vintage somehow manages to wrap it in an elegant and graceful package.
"Exotic aromas of dried fruits and nuts; I never would have guessed Chevalier-Montrachet. Then superripe and sweet but with powerful acids framing the flavors of apricot, orange oil, minerals and menthol. Long on the aftertaste. A distinctly extreme style of Chevalier."
"An ultra elegant nose features notes of citrus, pear and rose petal that precede the racy, gorgeously intense and seriously pure mineral-driven flavors that are textured, naturally sweet and mouth coating on the energetic and penetrating finish that delivers spectacular length. A wine of sheer class."
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