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.
"Good deep red. Raspberry, coffee and minerals on the nose and palate, lifted by a floral topnote. Big, tactile and rich, with a restrained sweetness and a strong spice character. Serious dry extract contributes to the impression of inner-mouth tension and cut. The rising, very long finish hints at the warmth of the site. According to winemaker Gublin, the crop level here was just 22 hectoliters per hectare in 2010, and the fruit came in at 12.5% potential alcohol and was chaptalized to 13%."
"The most complex nose in the range features a panoply of spice elements along with exceptionally fresh and dense black fruit, violet and plum aromas. There is excellent power to the focused, intense and attractively vibrant broad-shouldered flavors that possess a firm yet silky mouth feel before terminating in an explosively long and incredibly seductive finish. This built-to-age beauty is structured but not forbidding and should be approachable after 10 years or so though it will require 15 to 18 years for it to fully resolve all the underlying tannin."
"Deep, bright red-ruby. Blackberry, minerals, graphite, flowers and a whiff of pepper on the nose; conveys an impression of much warmer terroir than the Echezeaux. Dense, sappy and impressively concentrated, with urgent crushed fruit flavors over a firm mineral spine. At once silky and vibrant, and still an infant. Rises and builds on the very long finish, saturating every nook and cranny of the palate. With its noble tannins, this combines power and finesse."
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