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.
The 2008 Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay Champan is a classicly styled Volnay. Intense Pinot Noir perfume jumps out of the glass. The wine is extemely pure in fruit and polished with ripe layers. Firm and with well structured tannins.
Score: 89 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
"Curiously, this is more elegant than either of the two incarnations of Santenots, which is rarely the case. A perfumed nose of blue berry, red pinot and floral notes complements the supple, fresh and utterly delicious flavors that are restrained and cool before terminating in a focused and linear finish that appears to lack the last little bit of phenolic ripeness. Rather than dryness however, it comes across more as a dusty sensation of mild asperity. Patience will definitely be required."
Score: 88 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
"The Prieur 2008 Volnay Champans issued from another of their sites ravaged by hail, but in its relatively light way projects tender cherry and plum fruit wreathed in resinous herbs and pungent whiffs of smoke. Site-typical suggestions of porcini and forest floor emerge on a satisfyingly ripe palate, and the moderately long finish is possessed of only very faintly gum-numbing tannin, suggesting as did the corresponding Santenots that a restrained approach to extraction (reflected also in this bottlings relatively modest saturation of color) was well-warranted. I would, however, only cellar this watchfully, and suspect it will be best enjoyed over the next 3-5 years."
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