Domaine Jacques PRIEUR (Meursault) -- 2015 Part I: Côte de Beaune Reds Tasted from Barrel Samples

Harvesting for the reds took place between 7 and 11 September. Malolactic fermentations were rather long.

As was so often the case on the Côte de Beaune, the vineyards for most of these wines suffered from the hails of 2012-13-14 and were not at full strength.

In other news from the estate, the vines for the Vlonay-Champans have been ripped out, so there will be no wine from that vineyard for some years.

2015 Meursault    Clos de Mazeray
The Clos de Mazeray always presents a most appealing, civilized red Meursault. The wine is medium-weight with a smooth texture, round tannins, and strawberry and other red fruits. There is some minerality here. New wood is about 33% and there are whole clusters used in this wine. (87-90)

2015 Beaune    1er Cru    Clos de la Féguine
The Clos de la Féguine is round with forward, simple strawberry fruit and good sensuality. About 1/3 new oak on this wine, no whole clusters. (85-89)

2015 Beaune     1er Cru      Champs-Pimont
There’s more clay in the soils here than for the Clos de la Féguine. The fruit is darker, and the texture still round and smooth. This is a full-bodied wine with length, calm, and tannins for aging. No whole clusters.  (87-90)

2015 Beaune     1er Cru    Grèves
The blackberry fruit in the nose of the Grèves carries over in to the mouth, which is smooth and long with vertical development in the mouth. This wine is more primary than the preceding wines. No whole clusters here, 12.6º natural alcohol at harvest, a little chaptalization. (88-91)

2015 Volnay     1er Cru    Clos des Santenots
The Clos des Santenots is an assemblage of vines from 23 year-old and 80 year-old vines. The wine has dark berry fruit and is concentrated with tannins present. The wine retains the finesse of the vintage, but also the power of Santenots. It should need cellaring time to be at its best. The grapes here were entirely destemmed. (89-93)

2015 Corton-Bressandes
The Corton-Bressandes is smooth with crushed blueberry fruit and very dense and extracted (too much?) with some tannins. This, too, is a wine that will require substantial cellaring. The grapes were entirely destemmed.  (90-93?)