Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Clos de Santenots is a 3 acre walled parcel of the greater Santenots vineyard well situated on the center slope with a due eastern exposure on the southern boundary of the Volnay appellation. This is a monopole vineyard, exclusive to Domaine Jacques Prieur. Soils are very well drained and comprised primarily of magnesium and limestone.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 20 days prior to fermentation. The wine ages for 17 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
The 2008 Volnay Clos de Santenots is an intense dark red color with a bouquest ripe in cherry, berry and exotic spice. Rich, concentrated and ripe on the finish.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"A powerhouse, yet with refined, complex flavors of violet, raspberry and cherry and a silky texture. This actually turns more ethereal and elegant as it builds to a long, smoky finish."
Score: 88 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
"While Prieurs 2008 Volnay Clos des Santenots (from the estates oldest vines) was partly sheltered from the effects of hail that ravaged most of this sector, it reflects yields much lower even than its Volnay stable mates due to the dominance of tiny, millerandage berries. The toasty, smoky notes from barrel approach an almost rancid sense of sweetness that is not easily reconciled in the nose with the wines sense of fruit. On the palate, this displays ripe cherry, plum, and grenadine, with the oak thankfully giving ground, but the finish reprises strong smokiness, resin, and caramel that I cannot help thinking are covering over what would be more nuanced features. A hint of dryness and awkward astringency robs the finish of primary juiciness, an effect I am also tempted to attribute to wood, although hail may have played a role. I would want to revisit this (yet again I tasted it twice this Spring at five weeks interval) before making a cellaring recommendation. Certainly one wants to think it is ultimately going to prove more interesting and delicious than the regular Santenots, but, for now, I harbor doubts."
Score: 88 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
"A soupon of oak does not hinder the clear expression of the somber but stylish nose that is quite similar to that of the "regular" Santenots and leads to an intensely flavored mid-palate impression that is round and generous though the finish tightens up immediately. Here too the tannins are not quite fully ripe though they're not bitter or severe."
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