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Domaine Jacques Prieur - Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2015

Overview

Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur farms just over a 1/4 acre of Grand Cru Chevalier-Montrachet, which is a sizable share of this heavily fragmented vineyard of just 18 acres. Chevalier-Montrachet sits high on the slope above neighboring vineyards of Le Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachet. Soils here are rocky and extremely well drained. This is hallowed ground for Chardonnay lovers.

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 12-14 hours prior to fermentation. The wine ages for 17 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.

Additional Details edit

2015 Exceptional sunshine!
The year 2015 profited from completely exceptional climatic conditions with surplus sunning, very weak pluviometry and very high temperatures in June and July. The strong luminosity and heat marked this year with accelerated vegetative cycle and certain stages such as flowering at the beginning of June and ripening at the beginning of August were fulgurating.
Harvests at Domaine Jacques Prieur started on 3rd September for Chardonnays and on 7th September for the Pinot Noirs.
2015 can be illustrated as an extremely early vintage and it stands next to 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Luminous and intense green gold. Flint, warm bread crust notes evolving with aeration into yellow fruits (mirabelle plum, peach). The palate is powerful and generous, dense with strong salivating salinity on the finish with beautiful texture.

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Chevalier-Montrachet
  • Winemaker: Nadine Gublin
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Limestone, Clay
  • Vineyard Acreage: .32 acres
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  • Alcohol: >14%
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  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent News edit

Vinous

Author: Stephen Tanzer

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017

(this was due to be bottled shortly after my visit): Bright, full yellow. Slightly exotic aromas of lemon, spices and banana complicated by fresh herbs. A distinctly fat, soft style of Chevalier-Montrachet in spite of its lemony fruit. A bit more serious and firm on the back end, finishing with stony and saline nuances. I'm not wild about this.

Burghound

Author: Allen Meadows

Date: Friday, June 30, 2017

A very ripe nose is also markedly floral and consists of pear liqueur, spice and soft wood notes. There is excellent concentration to the lavishly rich broad-shouldered flavors that possess buckets of dry extract that coats the mouth on the lingering and mineral-inflected if slightly flat finish. This is so rich that it is borderline oily and thick which accentuates the sense of weight and while this is not exactly top heavy, it would be fair to observe that it lacks the same energy as the best in the range. Its entirely possible that this is simply going through a phase but today at least this is a good deal less vibrant than either the Montrachet or the Corton-Charlemagne.

Vinous

Author: Stephen Tanzer

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Lively yellow fruits, orange zest, spices, rose petal and lichee on the nose; a bit exotic for young Chevalier-Montrachet. Densely packed and spicy, with pineapple and lichee flavors accented by spices. There's plenty of underlying minerality here but the wine's very firm, dry finish makes it hard to assess today.