Terroir: Arguably the finest plot of white wine producing grapes on the entire planet. Domaine Jacques Prieur owns a staggering 1.45 acres of total 18 acres of this heavily fragments vineyard. The terroir of Le Montrachet is second to none as it sits high upon the hill overlooking the mere mortals of 1er Cru and village level vineyards below. This is the mecca of white wine.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 14 hours prior to fermentation. The wine ages for 22 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
"A discreet note of brioche joins the white flower, white peach and spice pear aromas that are in keeping with the equally rich and powerful broad-scaled flavors that possess serious weight and dry extract that buffers the moderately firm acid spine on the strikingly long and palate staining finish that also displays noticeable warmth. This is an almost massive wine that is also on the atypical side and while I can appreciate the sheer size, it's less elegant than usual." 91-94 pts. -Burghound, July 2008
The Prieur 2006 Montrachet displays an impressive aromatic layering of saline and crushed stone minerality; citrus oil; ripe peach; and musky, decadent floral perfume, like narcissus and fading lilies. A similar complexity prevails on the voluminous palate, albeit with some disturbingly obvious notes of lees and resinous new wood that will hopefully integrate after bottling. A deep nuttiness enhances the sense of depth.
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Tasted from cuve. Aromas of dried fruits, iodine, clove and smoke. Fat, spicy and sweet but quite tight. A very powerful, backward, solid wine that's thick with material. Finishes very long and very ripe, with a slight alcoholic warmth. This fruit was harvested with 14.2% potential alcohol. A bit of a monster.
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