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.
Always one of the top wines of the domaine; the 2009 does not disappoint! Lush and enticing while remaining firm, structured and powerful. Blackberry, mint, tobacco are joined by more berry and toasted oak. The finish is dry and firm, but not green in the slightest.
Score: 96 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"A sumptuous wine, rich in bright red fruit, with a structure and depth of flavor to match. The wine is gorgeously ripe, opening its heart quickly. Acidity, bitter chocolate and dark cherries go with the tannic core to promise long aging."
"(from a .77 ha parcel in the sub-climat Combe dOrveau). Very mild reduction reduces the expressiveness of the nose yet it is still relatively easy to discern that the dark berry fruit is ripe and nuanced by plenty of spice notes that can also be found on the rich and palate staining velvety flavors that possess imposing size and weight as well as a seemingly endless reserve of dry extract that buffers the firm tannic spine on the wonderfully long finish. This is a big yet balanced wine that possesses excellent energy with plenty of underlying tension and about the only nit is a hint of warmth on the powerful and driving finish. This should be most impressive in time if you have the patience to wait. "
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
"Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. This has a generous, expressive bouquet with fresh strawberry, dark cherry and a touch of tea leaf, very fine definition, developing touches of orange blossom and apricot with time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, dominated by the oak at the moment but good definition, quite sinewy towards the finish that needs to just put on a little more flesh."
"Good medium red. Slightly reduced, reserved aromas of kirsch, minerals and clove. Quite taut in the mouth, and showing much more energy in bottle than it displayed from barrel in November of 2010. The medicinal redcurrant and red cherry fruit flavors are complemented by saline and pronounced spice qualities. Ultimately silky and classy wine, with a long, clinging finish that shows continuing spice character. This needs a good eight to ten years of bottle aging."
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