Domaine Jacques Prieur
Clos de Vougeot
Grand Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Apr 15, 2018
Note: from a 1.19 ha parcel of vines at the bottom of the slope; 30% whole clusters
Producer note: Co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyere somewhat plaintively noted that "once again we had limited yields in many of our parcels due to the double hit of frost and mildew. Worse, mildew you can fight but there is only so much that it's possible to do against frost damage. It was frankly depressing to know that even though the growing season had only just begun that you were going to produce at best only 50% of a normal crop and quite possibly even less if the remainder of the season does not go your way. Thankfully conditions did finally improve in the middle of July and largely held there until the harvest in the third week of September. The fruit was both ripe and spotless so at least we did not lose any additional volume to sorting losses. We chose to use slightly more whole clusters than usual during the vinifications, which were done very softly. In the end I'm quite happy with the final quality though it would have been nice to have more than 50% of our normal volumes." As was the case in 2015, the newest addition to the Prieur line-up, which is the Pommard "Charmots", was excellent as was the Clos des Santenots. Readers should also take a look herein at a new négociant partnership between Domaine Prieur and co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyère that is called Labruyère-Prieur Sélection. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, UK; SAQ, www.saq.com, LCBO, www.lcbo.com and Philippe Danduran Wines, www.vinsdandurand.com, all Canada).
Tasting note: Here too moderate wood along with noticeable menthol sets off aromas of cassis, pungent earth and a lovely hint of lavender. The sleek, vibrant and well-detailed medium weight plus flavors possess a highly attractive mouth feel before terminating in a solidly complex and lingering finish that is a bit less youthfully austere than usual though it is markedly firm. Patience required.