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.
Incredibly intense and wrapped tight at this young age. Behind it's youth lies all that you expect from this great vineyard; Peach, apple, pear and smoked nut are wrapped around a driving, powerful acidic backbone. Built for the ages!
"(this was racked off its lees the day before my visit and was slated to be bottled before the 2011 harvest): Slightly cloudy yellow. Aromas of peach, apple, spices and crushed stone, with a hint of noble reduction. At once chewy and smooth, with a distinctly taut quality to its flavors of apricot, minerals, anise and flint. Finishes saline and powerful, with a flavor of custard pie as well as a note of grapefruit pith that tickles the taste buds. Lots of aging potential here."
"An overtly toasty nose is presently quite reduced and displays plenty of lactic acid, which renders it impossible to fairly evaluate. Otherwise there is impressive power, size, weight and richness to the finely detailed and intensely mineral-inflected flavors that possess a strikingly long finish. The natural class of Chevalier is certainly present though this is more powerful and weighty than a classic example."
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
"Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. This has a superb nose: great definition and mineralite, striking limestone and hazelnut with great vigour and vivacity. The palate has a very lively entry with a touch of spice and lemongrass, just easing off towards the finish. Very impressive."
"Musky aromas of ginger and crushed stone. Sweet, smooth, layered and rich, with palate-staining citrus and stone flavors. An impressively broad wine and not at all austere. The tactile finish features a strong crushed stone element lifted by a lavender high note. This cuvee has been totally transformed since 2002 by organic farming practices, notes Gublin: "now it shows much more minerality and force." (The Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes and Corton-Charlemagne were only about halfway through their malos. Both were very promising, and the latter wine seemed much more reflective of its terroir than most examples from the warm 2009 vintage.)"
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