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.
"Medium red. Complex, terroir-driven aromas and flavors of redcurrant, coffee, spices and iron; conveys an impression of red soil. Dense, sweet and utterly seamless if in a reserved, rather cool style. Very precise and light on its feet, with perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes fresh, dry and classic, with suave tannins and steadily building flavor. A great vintage for this cooler, later-ripening site. "
"An overtly spicy nose of black pinot and cassis aromas slides into elegant, pure and very silky flavors that ooze plenty of structure-buffering extract that also imparts a textured feel to the balanced, complex and impressively persistent finish. This is really a lovely Echezeaux."
"Bright, dark red. Reduced nose hints at red licorice. Pure and precise but inexpressive, with elevated acidity giving a tart quality to the cranberry fruit. This is evolving very slowly. In a distinctly cool, linear style, and not yet showing much pliancy. This will require following, but today I prefer the 2009 version."
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