Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur's 3.7 acre plot of Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes sits with an ideal southeast facing exposure. The soil is primarily of clay and limestone with average draining that leads to highly ripe grapes.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 12-14 hours prior to fermentation. The wine ages for a total of 16 months in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
(14% alcohol; from grapes picked on September 4): Bright, green-tinged yellow. Aromatic nose melds white peach and spices. Juicy and stylish but dry and backward too, showing surprising verve for its 3.7 grams per liter acidity. The fine-grained peach flavor is complicated on the end by a sexy yeasty nuance. Finishes dusty, fresh and long.
Cloudy pale yellow. Ripe stone fruit and spice aromas are complicated by an iodiney oyster shell note. A rich, ripe fruit bomb on the palate, with just enough mineral spine to maintain its shape. This big boy finishes long, with strong saline minerality for the year and for the cru. Offers excellent potential. Beginning with the 2014, this wine is aged partly in foudres, noted enologist Nadine Gublin, "because we like it."
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