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.
The 2009 Prieur Les Montrachet is stunning in it's power, complexity and depth. Almost overwhelming with intensity; white fruit, freshly crushed green apple, endless spices and smoky oak lead to a finish that is almost endless. While tightly wound now, it opens with a few minutes in the glass.
"Good medium yellow. Ripe pineapple and tangy peach on the nose, complicated by white flowers. Sweet, dense and built like a rock; an enormous and powerful wine that's almost bitter today. Crushed rock and saline elements give the finish a chewy, tannic quality that reminded me of a red wine. Nadine Gublin compares this wine to the 1999 in its density and richness. But monolithic and very hard to assess today."
"This displays a cleaner nose than the Chevalier with a trace of exotic fruit on the floral and white and yellow orchard fruit nose that is trimmed in moderate wood as well as plenty of spice influence. The very rich and broad-shouldered flavors brim with dry extract on the very firmly structured and hugely persistent finish. This is a big wine that isnt giving much at present but there is so much underlying material that it should come together in time though note that in the context of the vintage, this will be particularly long lived."
Score: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
"Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. The nose is much more backward than the Chevalier with touches of white peach, orange-blossom and apricot jam. Growing in intensity with aeration. The palate is crisp on the entry but very tight. Not coming out to play at the moment, but this is usual for Jacques Prieur, although the finish develops some attractive Clementine and peach. Cellar this for a few years."
"Apricot skin and clove spice on the sexy nose. Broad and rich but rather closed, with a suggestion of exotic fruits. Best today on the opulent, impressively long finish. This very primary wine finished its malo a month ago and clearly needs more time in barrel."
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