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 2012 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru comes from their small 0.14-hectare parcel at the top of the slope in the last rows of vines before it hits Montrachet. It has a restrained bouquet, very well defined with noticeable mineralite and tension. The palate is vibrant on the entry with lime cordial and hints of white peach. There is good weight here, although I would like to see more nervosite and stoniness developing on the finish."
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