Terroir: Volnay 1er Cru Santenots sits on the southern boundary of the Volnay appellation. Domaine Jacques Prieur owns approximately 1.4 acres of Volnay portion of this vineyard. This is an extremely unique vineyard as producers are able to produce both white Meursault 1er Cru or red Volnay 1er Cru from the same parcel. The vines face almost due east and the soil is heavy in nature, primarily clay and silt.
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.
"Good medium red. Smoky red fruits on the nose. Sweet flavors of plum, leather and earth framed by ripe acidity. More about soil than primary fruit but I find this deeper than the 2007 version. Finishes with moderately ripe tannins and good length." 89 pts. -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar.-Apr. 2009
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
A 2006 Volnay Santenots incorporating fruit from the young vines of the monopole Clos de Santenots represents another Prieur bottling based on pathetically low post-triage yields. Cinnamon-tinged ripe cherry in the nose are carried over to a palpably dense yet finely-grained palate with chalk dust, iodine, salt, black pepper and cherry pit notes persisting in an impressively palate-staining, savory, and invigorating finish.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Broad and muscular for the appellation, with a cherry flavor accented by leather and oak spice. Focused, with a base of stiff tannins, yet balanced overall.
Score: 89 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer
Good medium red. Smoky red fruits on the nose. Sweet flavors of plum, leather and earth framed by ripe acidity. More about soil than primary fruit but I find this deeper than the 2007 version. Finishes with moderately ripe tannins and good length.
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