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 medium red. Very closed nose hint at minerals and red fruits. Dense, tactile and sappy, with strong chewy minerality enlivened by integrated acidity. Fine-grained but backward wine with terrific savory persistence. Nearly painful spice and mineral notes stimulate the salivary glands."
Score: 90 PointsDecanter Author: Jeannie Cho Lee, MW
"Lovely, scented strawberry fruit, with ripe black cherry and new wood. Rich fruit on the palate with chewy tannins, but plenty of matter and complexity. Excellent quality, quite exotic and rich for this vintage, with lovely texture and density, this is a strikingly seductive Volnay with a good future."
"Good deep red-ruby. Ripe aromas of pomegranate, crushed cherry, chocolate, leather and cocoa powder. Juicy, fresh and sharply delineated, with dominant flavors of acidulated red fruits. Quite youthfully imploded today and a tad bitter on the end owing to the gas, but this should be excellent."
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