Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur owns a 1.8 acre parcel of Les Bressandes in the Grand Cru of Corton. Les Bressandes sits on the northern portion of the hill of Corton on the lower slopes. Soils are heavier here than further uphill consisting mainly of clay and small amounts of limestone.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 19 days prior to fermentation. The wine ages for 17 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
Score: 93 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
"Good deep red. Lovely perfume of small red berries, spices, minerals and earth. Suave, fine-grained and fresh, showing a restrained sweetness to its sharply delineated flavors of red berries, cherries, licorice and earth accented by flowers and minerals. Elegantly styled Corton with a slowly mounting finish featuring gentle tannins and excellent sappy, smoky length. Really leaves the salivary glands vibrating. This should develop gracefully and last well."
"Bright medium ruby. Pungent blackberry, violet and licorice on the nose. Superconcentrated and utterly primary, even inky, with strong peppery acidity lifting the flavors of black fruits, spices, crushed stone and flowers. This is youthfully stunted today on the mid-palate but the very long, ripely tannic finish and captivating purple fruits and flowers promise a long and graceful evolution in bottle."
"The 2012 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru comes from the domaines 0.73-hectare parcel. It has a nicely defined bouquet that is perhaps conservative at the moment, biding its time before bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with light, tensile tannins encasing taut blackcurrant and bilberry fruit, though the finish is abrupt and needs to fill out before bottling. It is nicely focused however, fresh and keen."
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