Domaine Jacques PRIEUR (Meursault) -- 2015 Part III: White Wines Tasted from Barrel Samples

The whites were harvested during the period 3-7 September, prior to the reds. These wines clearly need more time to develop; they show the ripeness of the vintage. 

2015 Meursault    Clos de Mazeray
More than half this wine was raised in large oak (foudre). The nose and mouth show good minerality. There’s also good acidity here and the wine is light with length with slight tropical qualities to the fruit. This is not your typical rich, buttery Meursault, but that’s due to the terroir of this plot. (87-90)

2015 Beaune     1er Cru   Grèves
The white Beaune-Grèves is from a plot at the bottom of the vineyard, next to those of Jadot and Chanson. The vines are now in their second decade of age. The nose is mineral and steely. On the palate, the wine is full and round with some voluptuousness but also still retaining the steeliness and structure characteristic of white Beaunes. Excellent depth here. (87-90)

2015 Beaune    1er Cru    Champs Pimont
This wine shows a touch of butter in the nose and on the mouth with the lightness of limestone. There’s some minerality here and some lime, so the wine recalls a Meursault. This is from vines higher on the slope than Prieur’s Pinot Noir vines, and there are more white soils here. (87-90)

2015 Beaune    1er Cru   Clos de La Féguine
The Féguine displays good salinity and minerality and is rather full-bodied (13.7º finished alcohol) with slight buttery notes. The salinity is the lynchpin that pulls the wine together. At the estate, the wine is considered Chablis-like and recommended for shellfish. (86-90)

2015 Meursault     1er Cru    Santenots
This wine is from a 0.80 ha plot next to that of Marquis d’Angerville. The vines here are still young, about 12-15 years-old. The wine is full-bodied (but only 13.3º finished alcohol) with minerality and good length. I add a question mark because of the fatness for the moment, but that may drop out with further aging. (85-89?)

2015 Puligny-Montrachet     1er Cru     Les Combettes
The nose shows finesse and minerality. The mouth shows some richness but less than in the two preceding wines, and there is good energy and minerality here. Finished alcohol is about 13º. (87-90)

2015 Meursault    1er Cru    Perrières
The nose is typical of Perrières with penetration and stoniness. The mouth shows the richness of the vintage (13.5º finished alcohol) but Perrières tension. However, for the moment, at least, the wine is not deep and develops horizontally but not vertically in the mouth. The wine needs time to show exactly where it will go. (90-94)

2015 Chevalier-Montrachet
The wine has a noble stony nose, typical of Chevalier-Montrachet. The mouth is ripe and rich, providing the lens through which one nevertheless sees the Chevalier stoniness and finesse, and the wine is not without freshness. Like the Perrières, it will be interesting to see where this wine goes with further time. (89-93)

2015 Corton-Charlemagne
The Corton-Charlemagne has a stony nose. The mouth is rich — sucrosity without the sweetness, yet it is also steely and the terroir does show through. Yet another wine here that needs more time to come together. (89-93)

2015 Montrachet
As is so often the case in tricky vintages, the Montrachet shows the greatness of the vineyard and stands above the others. The nose is mineral. In the mouth, the richness, which is so immediately apparent from the preceding wines, is not overwhelming and there is good acidity and freshness to go with the minerality. (92-96)