It would be an understatement to claim that Domaine Jacques Prieur’s vineyard holdings are great. The domaine is the only property in Burgundy to own vineyards in five of the region’s most famous Grand Cru vineyards: Le Montrachet, Le Corton, Les Echézeaux, Le Musigny and Le Chambertin. The domaine holds vineyards in 17 other prestigious appellations for a total of 51 acres under vine.
Founded in 1956, today the domaine is owned by the charming, understated Edouard Labruyère. Pristine vineyards are impeccably maintained to produce fruit of exquisite quality. The winery and domaine have been undergoing renovation since the Labruyère family purchased the domaine and today the winery has facilities equal to the best in the world.
Each parcel is vinified separately to reveal its essential character. The winemaker is the remarkable, highly respected Nadine Gublin, named “Winemaker of the Year” in 1997 by the Revue du Vin de France, the country’s leading wine journal.
Gold with luminous golden and silver reflections. Yellow fruit notes (mirabelle plum, pineapple) evolving with aeration on anise and licorice notes. Tender, generous and delicately embracing with slightly toasted notes on the palate. Tasty and delicately acidulous on the finish.
The 2011 Meursault-Perrieres 1er Cru from Domaine Jacques Prieur is a vintage of great precocity, defined by the lovely ripe berries. The vineyard parcel of 100% Chardonnay is situated on steep limestone hillside facing east. Aged for 22 months in oak barrels the 2011 Meursault-Perrieres 1er Cru from Domaine Jacques Prieur is first defined by its luminous green-gold robe with silver highlights. The refined aromatic bouquet is dominated by candied citrus, dried fruit, roasted hazelnut and white flowers. The palate of this wine is tender, energetic and rich with long-lasting flavors.
White gold with luminous silver reflections. Fine and delicate with a touch of yellow fruit (mirabelle plum) and nuts (almond, hazelnut). Tender and smooth with white fruit notes (apple, pear). Warm on the finish with embracing and crispy salinity.
Dark and intense ruby red. Fine and precise with notes of dark berries (bilberry, blackberry), evolving with aeration into spicy and slightly leather/tobacco notes. Crunchy featuring dark berries and very slightly toasted notes on the mouth. Thick on the finish with dense, ripe and salivating tannins.
The red wines harvested in the middle and to the south of the Beaune territory are tannic and powerful; they are generally dark in colour, and their aromas are both gamey and fruity (berries). The wines harvested in the north have a less intense colour and are beautifully supple. Grèves wines are, for many wine lovers, the great wine of Beaune par excellence. The name of this climat comes from the brilliant mixture of ochre and small stones (gravel) in the soil. A fine and racy wine, it develops intense notes of blackcurrant combined with a touch of fine spices. Much more powerful, the Marconnets and Clos du Roi climats produce wines for a long cellaring. Les Bressandes, Cent-Vignes and Les Fèves are fine and balanced. Finally, Cras, grown in stony soil, is fleshy and powerful.
Wine Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, 2012 from Domaine Jacques Prieur is made from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the vineyard class Premiers Crus on rich limestone soils.
Weather conditions in 2012 demonstrated how they determine future harvest. Cold winter and spring frosts, large temperature fluctuations and severe storms, mold and mildew on grape shoots made 2012 the most difficult for winemakers in France over the past decade. Neobilnye flowering led to unusually low yields. However, due to several warm summer berries at the time of the collection reached the desired degree of maturity. Pinot Noir is harvested by hand and separated from the ridges.