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.
Bright, pale yellow-green. White peach flesh and nectarine aromas are complicated by high-toned herbs and spices and a whiff of lavender sea salt on the compellingly complex nose. Densely packed, salty wine with terrific fruit intensity and harmonious acidity. Boasts superb precision but also a rich, pliant texture for the year. The very long, palate-staining finish throws off notes of fleur de sel and violet. Showing beautifully today.
"The 2014 Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru has a taut and linear bouquet with touches of granite and flint infusing the green apple and citrus fruit, very nicely focused, with the 50% new oak (one barrel!) nicely integrated. The palate is fresh and vibrant; there is good weight here with nicely integrated oak, and a slightly waxy texture with a long and sensual finish. This is an excellent Chevalier-Montrachet from Jacques Prieur."
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