Terroir: 1er Cru Champans is one of the larger 1er Cru vineyards in the village of Volnay. The vineyard sits just west of the village on a rather steep portion of the hill and sees optimal exposure to the sun thoughout the growing season. Domaine Jacques Prieur owns a bit less than 1 acres on the upper slope of the vineyard.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 19 days prior to fermentation. The wine ages for a total of 17 months in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
“Good deep red. Pure, sappy aromas and flavors of minerals, flowers and mint, with red fruits in the background. Sweet, pure and nicely dense, with lovely floral/spicy lift in the middle palate and on the fresh, persistent aftertaste. This leaves the palate feeling fresh.” 88-91 pts. -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar.-Apr. 2009
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Insider Author: Bruce Sanderson
Rich aromas of black cherry, blackberry, coffee and spice segue to sweet and salty licorice notes on the palate. This is balanced nicely between sweetness and bitterness, with a long finish. -Bruce Sanderson
Score: 92 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows'
This too is extremely fresh and slightly more elegant with a very pinot nose of excellent aromatic depth and this depth continues onto the textured, minerally, intense and driving flavors that display obvious earth influence on the pure, precise and delineated, youthfully austere finish. The supporting tannins are not particularly refined but the length here is seriously impressive. Absolutely worth a look.
Score: 87 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Good deep red. Pure, sappy aromas and flavors of minerals, flowers and mint, with red fruits in the background. Sweet, pure and nicely dense, with lovely floral/spicy lift in the middle palate and on the fresh persistent aftertaste. This leaves the palate feeling fresh.
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