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.
An intense dark red color with a bouquet ripe in cherry, berry and exotic spice. Rich, concentrated and ripe on the finish.
Score: 94 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
"The monopole ( single owner vineyard) has produced a wine of great depth and concentration, pakced iwth black fruits, berries and a smoky wood character. It's an impressive wine, very rich and with sufficient layered acidity. Very age worthy."
"(a 1.2 ha monopole of the Domaine). An almost invisible application of oak sets off a similar nose that is if anything slightly riper while complementing the rich, round and more obviously concentrated flavors where the mid-palate is denser and the minerality is more evident on the impressively long and mouth coating finish. This ageworthy effort is impressive and I like the overall sense of harmony. "
"(aged in 100% new oak, compared to just 25% for the regular Santenots; from the oldest vines in the clos): Good bright, dark red. Dark cherry, licorice, minerals and earth on the nose and in the mouth. Offers much more palate presence than the Santenots, with the cherry fruit nicely framed by smoky saline tones and strong minerality. This backward, energetic wine finishes with a serious spine of firm tannins and very good length. Forget this one for at least six or seven years."
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