"You can never totally possess a wine estate. You can only be a steward and caretaker of something to pass on to future generations".
This quote is particularly true of Jacques Prieur, and the Domaine's history, its wines, and the families that have owned it are the perfect illustration of Burgundy's timeless character.
The Domaine's strong point is to bring together under one name a selection of wines from the most prestigious terroirs in Burgundy. From Le Montrachet to Le Chambertin, by way of Le Corton, Les Echézeaux, and Le Musigny, the Domaine owns vineyards in some 22 appellations, including the most mythical in the Côte d'Or.
Consisting entirely of Grands Crus and Premiers Crus (except for Clos de Mazeray in Meursault, an exclusivity), the Domaine produces famous white and red wines.
However, even the most superb terroir is nothing without experienced, passionate men and women to make the most of it. Since 1870, the families in charge of the Domaine have given priority to providing the utmost care and attention to their vines in order to preserve the soil and provide a fine environment to the vines, all viticultural practices are either sustainable or organic...
The weather was ideal for growing ripe grapes! After a long, cold winter, proper spring weather set in during the month of April
with above-average temperatures that enabled the vines to grow vigorously. The warm, dry, sunny weather that occurred in the latter half of May led to quick, even flowering in the early-ripening plots (close to the dates in 2003), while flowering in the later-ripening plots was more spread out and uneven further to a significant drop in temperature in early June. However, sunshine remained above average!
The weather was mostly good in July despite numerous storms that ended up accumulating water in certain plots. The ripening phase took place under perfect conditions. Sunshine and temperatures were above average throughout August and September, interrupted only by a few brief showers that had no adverse effect whatsoever.
At Domaine Jacques Prieur, the harvest began in early September. The weather was ideal (warm and sunny) and there was no need to hurry. The grapes were in perfect condition and picking for each plot could be planned according to the perfect degree of ripeness. Initial impressions of wines from the 2009 vintage show that they are elegant, attractive, round, silky and full-bodied.
COLOUR: Greenish-gold with luminous silvery-grey highlights.
BOUQUET: Very classy and discreet with hints of spice and toasty nuances.
PALATE: Dynamic and vibrant with marked minerality. Spices and extra
fine sea salt. Tasty, mouthwatering finish, and easy to digest.
Duration of barrel ageing: 19 months