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.
Slightly cloudy pale yellow. More iodiney and closed on the nose than the 2015 version, offering citrus and menthol aromas. Then taut, saline and very dry in the mouth, displaying terrific lemony grip and a slight phenolic bitterness. Not as inviting in the early going as the Chevalier-Montrachet, this powerful expression of terroir has the texture and tannins of a red wine and will need extended cellaring. The yield here was 32 hectoliters per hectare, according to owner Edouard Labruyre.
Score: 96 PointsDecanter Author: Stephen Brook
"Elegant, reticent lime nose.Very rich, opulent, full-bodied, creamy, weighty but not clumsy palate with some toastiness on the finish. Acidity and persistence creep up. Very long."
"The 2014 Montrachet Grand Cru (which incidentally Jacques was thinking about two cuves from his two parcels) has a refined bouquet with lovely yellow flower and mineral scents that unfurl from the glass. This shows its class. The palate is very well balanced with a keen thread of acidity, hints of white peach and citrus lemon, very harmonious with an almost understated finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a very classy Montrachet."
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