Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur owns just under two acres of Grand Cru Musigny. This is one of the greatest terroirs in the world for Pinot Noir. The 25-acre vineyard sits high on the hillside overlooking the larger Grand Cru of Clos de Vougeot in the village of Chambolle-Musigny. Soil composition is very thin and made primarily of small stones. Drainage here is optimal.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and de-stemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 23 days prior to fermentation. The wine ages for a total of 16 months in oak barrels, located deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
"Medium saturated ruby. Powerful aromas of blackberry, violet, spices and minerals Suave on entry, then penetrating and intense in the middle, with impressive sappy density leavened by violet lift. Not at all a lacy style of Musigny, but this very rich example is already long on personality. Finishes with broad, sweet tannins, a floral element, and a freshness that stimulates the salivary glands. Today this is much easier to taste than the Echezeaux, but all of the Prieur grand crus need a decade of cellaring." 92-95 points -Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Mar.-Apr. 2007
Score: 92 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Deep, bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of black fruits, minerals, violet and mint. Firm, juicy and tightly wound, even a bit brutal today. This very structured, backward wine seems less fleshy and higher in acidity (the pH is a moderate 3.4) than most of the rest of these 2005s. This will need a longer time in barrel and in bottle.
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