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.
Score: 95 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"An aerial red, lacy in texture, evoking rose, peony, strawberry, raspberry and spice notes. Yet this has its feet on the ground too, with a mineral element that emerges on the lingering finish. Shows lovely harmony and sophistication. Best from 2014 through 2030."
"The spicy and densely fruited nose is stunningly elegant with breathtaking purity and is followed by rich, intense and powerful broad-scaled flavors that are naturally sweet and precise, all culminating in an explosive and highly persistent finish. This is by no means a really big Musigny yet it is impeccably well-balanced, fresh and complete. In sum, this is a seriously fine effort."
"Prieurs 2008 Musigny displays rich, ripe cherry and blackberry fruit though not the vivacity or brightness I associate with most of the best wines of its vintage. That this wine grows at the crus heat-trapping southern edge might be offered as one explanation of this, but in fact, as a group the Prieur 2008s are long on sweetness of fruit and new wood but not on liveliness or cut. Here, there is a quite stewed fruit character, with humus, nutmeg, tobacco, black tea, and chalk adding variety; sumptuous richness; and a lingering, sweet finish. I miss the floral, mineral, and carnal dimension that this great site is capable of projecting, but in its rather opaque manner, this certainly impresses, and perhaps it will gain focus and complexity in the final months of its elevage. I expect it could be safely followed for 12-15 years."
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