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.
"(this fruit was harvested on September 25 at 13.1% potential alcohol): Full medium red. Complex aromas and flavors of dark fruits, spicy oak, flowers and pepper, plus a subtle element of truffley underbrush. Large-scaled, rich and surprisingly open-knit in the mouth, in a distinctly round, full style. This very suave, fine-grained Musigny is not yet showing the personality of the greatest examples of this grand cru, but the wine's substantial fine-grained, late-arriving tannins suggest it will evolve slowly and reward aging."
"Bright medium red-ruby. Reticent but nuanced aromas of currant, black raspberry, graphite, licorice, pepper and iron, complicated by sexy soil tones. Suave, spicy, chewy and deep, with hints of flowers, leather, noble herbs and tobacco hinting at the warm terroir here. At once primary and sweet, with a compelling sweetness and very suave tannins. Comes across as less primary than the Chambertin and Echezeaux and easier to taste today but has the density for a long and graceful evolution in bottle."
"The 2012 Musigny Grand Cru comes from Prieurs 0.77-hectare parcel located in the southern section of the grand cru close to Clos de Vougeot. This year it deigned the world with 9 barrels of which seven were new. It clearly has the most sophisticated, complex bouquet of the domaines reds in 2012 adorned with blackberry, raspberry leaf, creme de cassis, minerals and incense. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation. This has a firm backbone that lends this Musigny a sense of masculinity and sternness, a 2012 that demands you come back in 2022. Very focused with fine mineralite on the finish, this should be cellared away for a number of years. Finally, there is the small matter (literally) of what to my knowledge is one of the most elusive wines in Burgundy."
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