Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur owns about 3/4 of an acre of 1er Cru Meursault Perrieres. The soils of this east facing slope are well drained consisting mainly of a stony mixture of limestone, sand and clay.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 12 hours prior to fermentation. The wine ages for 19 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
"(malo done) Captivating aromas of white fruits, pineapple, spices and stone. At once lush and juicy, with a mineral-driven density of texture and a light toasty note that enologist Gublin says derives from one reduced barrel. Conveys a thickness of texture I didn't find in the foregoing samples. The flavors of fresh apple, pear and peach linger nicely on the aftertaste. (I will withhold judgment on the very smooth and ripe yet taut Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes, which was still finishing its malolactic fermentation.)" 88-91 pts. -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept.-Oct. 2008
Rich, touch of oak, but will integrate. Orange peel, mineral, ripe pear and peach. Balanced, good minerality, multi-textured.
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
The Prieur 2007 Meursault Perrieres had only just been racked into tank the week before I tasted it, and was due for bottling late this past summer. Hints of wood smoke and white pepper add further pungency to a nose of lemon oil, ripe peach, lanolin and oak spice (from 100% new barrels). Exuberantly juicy up front - while palpably dense - I hope that the wood will not dry out the finish. For now, this simply lacks some refinement and the anticipated mineral aspects that typify its great site, but I have no doubt the finished wine will merit serious attention over the next several years.
Score: 91 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Bright yellow. Very rich aromas of peach and flowers. Fat, sweet and rich, with pure fruit salad flavors dominating. More minerally in the mouth and on the aftertaste than on the nose, but still a rather fruity style of Perrieres. Finishes with good sappiness. This was scheduled to be bottled by the end of June.
Score: 91 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows'
In contrast to the prior wines, here the wood is more generous and while it stops short of being intrusive on the white flower and citrus suffused nose, it is hardly invisible. It does not however interfere with the mouth feel as there is strikingly good definition and wonderful purity to the middle weight flavors that are wrapped in a lovely, and quite prominent, underlying mineral component, in fact so much so that the finish reminds me a bit of a classic Chablis in terms of how the wine is built around its minerality. The beautifully balanced finish is sappy and gorgeously persistent and I very much like the potential as the wood should be successfully integrated. This is very Perrires in character.
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