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.
"(production here was about 28 hectoliters per hectare): Bright, dark red. Small wild red berries, brown spices, underbrush and peppery herbs on the lightly medicinal nose and palate, lifted by a floral topnote; I would have guessed this was vinified with some stems. At once silky-sweet and penetrating, offering lovely vinosity and shape, not to mention depth for the year. Finishes with big, ripe, serious tannins and terrific verve and length. This fruit was picked with 12.25% potential alcohol, according to winemaker Nadine Gublin."
"There are eight barrels of Jacques Prieur's 2013 Musigny Grand Cru, of which six barrels are new. Now this fully absorbs the new wood better than the Chambertin, so much so that you barely recognize it. It is well defined with black cherries, boysenberry and wild hedgerow scents - all very natural and refined. The palate is well balanced with succulent ripe tannins, well-judged acidity, the oak a little forward toward the finish, but it is in sync with the fruit and rounds this Musigny out nicely. Predictably, this is the finest red from Jacques Prieur this year."
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