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.
This '09 1er Cru is refreshingly open at this young stage in it's life. Black fruit perfume dominates on the palate along with vanilla, smoke, white pepper and herb.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Powerful, with a generous amount of new oak adding tannins to the structure. Black cherry, blackberry and mineral flavors are focused and long, but this will need time to integrate. Excellent length."
Score: 93 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Rich, opulent and spicy, with a great balance between wood and fruit. The generous black plum and black currant fruit is delicious, balanced by taut acidity. Keep for 3-4 years."
"This is also quite ripe yet much fresher with cassis and raspberry liqueur aromas introducing vibrant, minerally and solidly well-delineated flavors that culminate in a firm, elegant and classy finish. A lovely Champans."
Score: 91 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
"Saturated medium red. Very closed notes hints at cherry liqueur. Sweet, ripe and creamy, but with an impression of healthy acidity giving shape to the attractively high-toned cherry and raspberry flavors. With its solid, ripe tannins, this rich, plush wine should age well."
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