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.
(this was due to be bottled shortly after my visit): Bright, full yellow. Slightly exotic aromas of lemon, spices and banana complicated by fresh herbs. A distinctly fat, soft style of Chevalier-Montrachet in spite of its lemony fruit. A bit more serious and firm on the back end, finishing with stony and saline nuances. I'm not wild about this.
A very ripe nose is also markedly floral and consists of pear liqueur, spice and soft wood notes. There is excellent concentration to the lavishly rich broad-shouldered flavors that possess buckets of dry extract that coats the mouth on the lingering and mineral-inflected if slightly flat finish. This is so rich that it is borderline oily and thick which accentuates the sense of weight and while this is not exactly top heavy, it would be fair to observe that it lacks the same energy as the best in the range. Its entirely possible that this is simply going through a phase but today at least this is a good deal less vibrant than either the Montrachet or the Corton-Charlemagne.
Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Lively yellow fruits, orange zest, spices, rose petal and lichee on the nose; a bit exotic for young Chevalier-Montrachet. Densely packed and spicy, with pineapple and lichee flavors accented by spices. There's plenty of underlying minerality here but the wine's very firm, dry finish makes it hard to assess today.
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