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: 88 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
"(this bottling included the young vines from Santenots as well as all of the Champans juice, as the old vines in Champans were decimated by hail): Medium red. Rather shallow aromas of red berries, licorice and peppery herbs. Juicy and linear, showing moderate ripeness and intensity. With limited mid-palate support, this turns a bit dry on the chewy back end. I'd drink this essentially soft wine on the young side for its cut."
"Bright medium red-ruby. Wild, musky blackberry lifted by violet on the nose; smells serious! Dense and sweet in the mouth, displaying highly concentrated, velvety flavors of black raspberry and chocolate, complicated by syrah-like notes of game and violet. Spicy and long on the ripely tannic finish. This reminded me a bit of a topnotch Cote-Rotie. Nadine Gublin assured me that this wine finished its fermentation with under one gram per liter of residual sugar. Another example of a Cote de Beaune wine with freakish concentration yet excellent balance."
"The 2012 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots has a more expressive bouquet than this years premier cru, with slightly redder fruit and simply a lighter touch. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a mineral core and a very appealing taut and focused finish. This is certainly a step up from the premier cru and worth seeking out."
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