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.
Enticing black fruit aromas jump from the glass and continue to dominate a massively complex palate of blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, pepper and spice. Firm, powerful tannins take over on the finish.
Score: 95 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"A structured wine, with great density of fruit, richness of texture and at the same time acidity. Its black fruit and red berry flavors are pure and very linear while also giving the wine a full-bodied character."
"(located in the sub-climat of Champs Traversin). A very ripe and highly expressive nose offers up a beguiling array of spice elements that include soy, hoisin and anise that add breadth to the violet and plum liqueur aromas. There is excellent volume to the rich, concentrated and velvet-textured big-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract on the balanced, deep and seriously persistent finish. This is an excellent Ech with plenty of aging potential."
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
"Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. This has a ripe rounded bouquet with raspberry, crushed strawberry and a touch of rose petals, later a touch of exotic fruit developing underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins, a touch of savoury fruit rounding off the vintage with a slight ferrous touch. Good length."
Score: 94 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
"Good fresh dark red. Aromatic nose combines redcurrant, tobacco, dried flowers and graphite. The juicy but tight palate displays a cool mineral precision and a saline nuance that animates the red berry and floral flavors. Silky, energetic and light on its feet, finishing with a distinctly savory quality, suave but firm tannins and lingering perfume. "For me, this is the magical terroir of the domain," noted director Edouard Labruyere. "The site is very alive; there's always air movement in the vines."
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