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.
Bright dark red. Good spicy lift to the aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, pepper and wild herbs. Juicy, supple black fruit and spice flavors saturate the palate, with a pungent mineral quality providing lift. Tactile for young vines but ultimately a wine of only moderate depth. Finishes with initially round, silky tannins that turn a bit dry with air. This will probably be best for relatively early drinking. (Incidentally, there is no Volnay Champans in 2015 as the estate had to tear out the vines for replanting after the harvest of 2014.)
(from younger vines in Clos des Santenots; vinified with 50% whole clusters). Discreet notes of violet and lilac can be found on the attractively spicy black pinot fruit aromas that precede the velvety and relatively tender medium weight flavors that possess solid concentration and particularly so for the young vines, all wrapped in a sophisticated and refined finale where the only reproach worth of note is noticeable warmth.
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