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.
"(malo just finished) Very ripe, complex nose combines stone fruits, mint, minerals and menthol. Big and rich but a bit youthfully harsh today, conveying a metallic quality and a sense of power. A large-scaled, dense, very ripe and thick Montrachet that finishes with a distinctly rocky quality, if not quite the verve of the Chevalier-Montrachet. This, too, is 13.9% alcohol." 89-92 pts. -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept.-Oct. 2008
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
In barrel and recently racked when I tasted it the Prieur 2007 Montrachet offers an open, expressive personality. Musk, lime zest, and peach on the nose lead to a palate of honeyed richness, alluring creaminess, and persistent juiciness. Pungent hints of citrus pip and peach kernel mingle with brine, honey, and hints of peat in a long, fascinating finish. Here, one doesnt even give a thought to the perfectly absorbed new wood, nor to the fact that this wine alone from the 2007 Prieur collection comes at all near to 14% alcohol. I expect this will retain its seductiveness and intrigue for at least a decade.
Score: 91 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Pale, bright yellow. Compelling aromas of peach, fresh apricot and iodine minerality. Silky on entry, then dense, powerful and large-scaled in the middle. This is really stuffed with fruit. There's a juiciness here but this tactile wine is almost too easy today. Plenty of alcohol too, at 13.8%.
Score: 94 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows'
This too evidences a subtle application of wood but does not intrude on the transparency of the array of very floral, peach, pear and menthol aromas that serve as a sweeping introduction to the huge, rich and extremely powerful tautly muscled flavors that possess copious amounts of dry extract that completely drench the palate on the incredibly long finish. This is a massive Montrachet with flat out painful intensity and for those who enjoy dramatic whites, this fits the bill. A wow wine and then some but for the patient.
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