Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015

Domaine Jacques Prieur

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.

Additional Information

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 ruby red. Generous showing floral, spicy and fruity notes at the same time (rose, clove and fresh cherry). Invigorating and dynamic with fruity-acidulous notes. Very digestible on the finish with structured, fresh and spicy tannins.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Volnay
  • Winemaker: Nadine Gublin
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Clay, silt
  • Vineyard Acreage: 1.4 acres
  • Alcohol: >14%
  • Sizes Available: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
    A combination of black cherry and blackberry flavors and toasty oak marks this opulent red. The plush texture gives way to dusty tannins on the moderately long finish. Best from 2021 through 2035.
  • Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
    (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.
    Grade: 89-91 Points
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    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.)
    Grade: 88-90 Points

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