Terroir: The Grand Cru Echézeaux is an 86 acre terroir located in the village of Vosne Romanee. Domaine Jacques Prieur owns a 1 acre plot in the Champs Traversins parcel located in the heart of the vineyard. Soil here is thin and poor comprised of sandy gravel.
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.
The 2008 Domaine Jacques Prieur Echézeaux is bright ruby red in color, fresh and extremely complex on the nose. The wine is elegant on the palate with mineral, spice, and dark fruit. The finish has a touch of oak, mint and firm tannins indicative of it's terroir.
Score: 91 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
"Bright ruby-red. Pungent, pure aromas of red fruits, mint, pepper and minerals. Dense and sweet on entry, then crunchy and chewy in the middle, with plenty of power behind its flavors of peppery red and darker berries. A broad but weightless wine finishing very long and perfumed, with lovely tangy lift to its black fruit flavors. This shapely grand cru has the lowest pH of this set of wines, as is normally the case here."
"The Prieur 2008 Echezeaux – from old vines in the Champs Traverse – is especially sweetly rich in cherry fruit but also especially redolent of caramel, resin, brown spices, and vanilla, with an impingement by its new wood that lends the palate a slightly gummy as well as sweetly spicy note. That said, licorice, sandalwood, black pepper, and beef bouillon contribute considerable interest and this finishes with unobstructed richness of fruit. I would expect it to merit at least a decade’s cellaring."
"A deft touch of wood highlights the very spicy and earthy nose of violets, red currant and plum that complements the rich, full-bodied and velvety medium weight plus flavors that possess really lovely depth and length before terminating in a balanced, focused and mouth coating finish. Excellent quality here in what should be a medium-term aging horizon."
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