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.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Starts out with plenty of spice-clove, nutmeg and cardamon-with an underlying base of black cherry and earth. Shows some power and weight, with a dose of mineral on the lingering finish."
Score: 89 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
"A 2008 Volnay Santenots consists almost entirely (and, following the replanting of Prieurs other Santenots acreage to Chardonnay, will in 2009 consist exclusively) of fruit from dozen year old vines in their monopole Clos de Santenots. Mace, cocoa powder, blond tobacco, nutmeg, and cinnamon inform the nose and a palate that features well-integrated tannin and sweetly-rich cherry fruit. It appears that the Prieur team approached fermentative extraction very gently lest the resultant wine reflect the hail and that this approach paid other dividends as well There is a chalky mineral dimension in the finish as well as impressive persistence and primary juiciness of fruit and satisfying richness, even if it is less dynamic or bright than most of the best 2008s. And while char, vanilla, and spice all point to the nearness of new oak, it never becomes obtrusive. Consume this over the next 4-6 years and feel free to relish its youthful generosity."
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