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.
(13.3% natural alcohol; about to be bottled): Bright, light yellow. Aromas of apricot, yellow grapefruit, apple and iodine. A distinct step up in intensity and cut from the Chevalier-Montrachet; higher-pitched and more energetic in the mouth, with its ripe apricot and citrus fruit flavors buoyed by excellent mineral support. This structured wine will need at least several years in bottle to express itself.
(from two parcels measuring .59 ha on the Chassagne side, one of which is in the section known as Dents de Chien; Interestingly one of the parcels is planted to an equivalent density of 14,000 vines per ha, notably higher than the usual 10,000). A beautifully layered nose flashes a broad assortment of aromas that include apple, pear, acacia, lavender, spice and a discreet application of wood. The Chevalier is a big wine but this is bigger still with its imposingly scaled flavors that are both muscular and powerful yet even so there is a better sense of verve and particularly so on the lingering, sappy and well-balanced finale. This is clearly going to require at least some bottle age and amply reward a decade plus.
The 2015 Montrachet Grand Cru has a light, slight smoky bouquet with an intriguing and very subtle licorice note that loiters in the background like a naughty kid. The palate is well balanced and shows more cohesion and terroir expression than the Chevalier-Montrachet: quite powerful with an attractive viscous texture, but counterbalanced by a fine thread of acidity and a convincing spicy finish. This is the best white from Jacques Prieur this year by some margin.
Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Lively aromas of fresh pineapple and crushed herbs. Concentrated, savory wine with lemon, lime and yellow peach flavors enlivened by wild herbs and a suggestion of iodiney minerality. Plenty fruity for young Montrachet but also precise and juicy. Finishes sappy, saline and long, with a strong impression of dry extract.
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