Domaine Jacques Prieur Montrachet Grand Cru - $599.99

Wine Details

Vintage: 2005
Price: $599.99 (Reg$1,199.99)
Savings: $600.00
Producer: Domaine Jacques Prieur
Region: Le Montrachet
Varietal: Chardonnay
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: apricot, meat, nuts, oak, spicy, yeasty
  • White Wine
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Product Description

  • COLOUR: Greenish-gold with silver-grey highlights BOUQUET: Pure and very well-focused with elegantly spicy aromas complemented by a touch of menthol and aniseed PALATE: Powerful, complex, refined and concentrated, with a strong mineral component Impressive length and grip
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur is a wine grower-producer in Burgundy, France, located in Meursault. The domaine produces wines from both Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. In 1990, it became a joint venture between the Prieur family and Antonin Rodet, a company in Côte Chalonnaise, another subregion of Burgundy.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
Tanzer - 92-94 Details: ($850; tasted from cuve Superripe aromas of stone fruits and clove. Extremely concentrated, rich and powerful, with strong, well-integrated acidity. The long, tactile finish really titillates the salivary glands. Yields here and especially in Chevalier-Montrachet were cut somewhat by mid-July hail, noted Martin Prieur, who added that the team picked late for maximum ripeness in Montrachet, ultimately bringing in golden grapes. 2005 Tanzer apricot, meat, nuts, oak, spicy, yeasty
Tanzer - 92-94 Details: ($672; tasted from barrel; like the Perrieres and Chevalier-Montrachet, this had not been racked) Sweet, deep nose offers apricot, marzipan and nut oils. Boasts compelling sweetness yet this is quite firm and tightly wound today, with a penetrating character and an impression of strong acidity. Very firmly structured but not especially austere. Mounting, tactile finish impresses with its sweetness. 2004 Tanzer citrus, grapefruit, minerals, pineapple
Tanzer - 91(+?)? Details: ($658) Very ripe but restrained aromas of apricot and caramelly oak. Then dry and dense in the mouth, with noteworthy concentration and freshness for the vintage. This was initially dominated by vanillin oak, but a brisk pineapple flavor emerged with aeration. Finishes very long and subtle. Martin notes that this material has the power to absorb the wood, and points out that this wine always gets 100% new barriques . 2003 Tanzer clove, menthol, minerals
Tanzer - 92-94 Details: ($645) Very pure, subtle nose combines candied peach, clove and nutty low tones. Fat, sweet and thick on entry, then broad and powerful in the middle, with warm, rich flavors of peach and apple. Very dense and very long on the aftertaste, finishing with noteworthy force. At 13. 8% alcohol, this is the ripest 2002 following the Puligny Combettes. This and the Corton-Charlemagne will not be bottled until September. 2002 Tanzer citrus, grapefruit, new oak, peach, pineapple
Tanzer - 92-94 Details: ($645) Very pure, subtle nose combines candied peach, clove and nutty low tones. Fat, sweet and thick on entry, then broad and powerful in the middle, with warm, rich flavors of peach and apple. Very dense and very long on the aftertaste, finishing with noteworthy force. At 13. 8% alcohol, this is the ripest 2002 following the Puligny Combettes. This and the Corton-Charlemagne will not be bottled until September. 92-94 points 2002 Tanzer apple, candied, clove, nutty, peach
Tanzer - 91-93 Details: ($430) Exotic dried fruits, lemon peel, butterscotch and nutty oak on the nose. Dense but bright, with plenty of energy and minerality to buffer its major ripeness. A thick, rich, rather unrestrained Montrachet with firm underlying structure and a lush, sappy, very long aftertaste. Initially seemed a bit less topheavy than the Chevalier due to its firm spine, but this is a still a distinctly warm style of Montrachet, with plenty of material in reserve. 2001 Tanzer nut oil, spicy, vanilla
Tanzer - 91-93 Details: ($430) Exotic dried fruits, lemon peel, butterscotch and nutty oak on the nose. Dense but bright, with plenty of energy and minerality to buffer its major ripeness. A thick, rich, rather unrestrained Montrachet with firm underlying structure and a lush, sappy, very long aftertaste. Initially seemed a bit less topheavy than the Chevalier due to its firm spine, but this is a still a distinctly warm style of Montrachet, with plenty of material in reserve. 91-93 points 2001 Tanzer butterscotch, dried fruits, lemon, nutty, oak
Tanzer - 93(+?) Details: ($460; I tasted a sample of this wine from tank; the real bottling was scheduled for the next day) Bright but reticent aromas of iodine, clove and nutty oak. Fat, round and silky, with superb weight and volume. By far the richest and longest of this set of wines, with the most volume. Very suave and mouthfilling, but with plenty of underlying backbone and power. Very tightly wound but also very long on the aftertaste. 2000 Tanzer butter, clove, hazelnut, nuts, smoke
Tanzer - 93(+?) Details: ($460; I tasted a sample of this wine from tank; the real bottling was scheduled for the next day) Bright but reticent aromas of iodine, clove and nutty oak. Fat, round and silky, with superb weight and volume. By far the richest and longest of this set of wines, with the most volume. Very suave and mouthfilling, but with plenty of underlying backbone and power. Very tightly wound but also very long on the aftertaste. 93(+?) points 2000 Tanzer clove, nutty, oak
Tanzer - 90-92 Details: The deepest color of the three Prieur grand crus. Superripe aromas of dried fruits, nut skin and iodine. Fat, silky and voluminous; powerful and rich in extract but currently aggressive and a bit hot. "A real bulldozer on the palate," says Martin Prieur. This will need time in bottle. 1999 Tanzer dried fruits
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Brie, Gouda
Poultry & Eggs Chicken or Turkey, Roast Game Hen
Fish or Shellfish Shellfish (scallops, clams, crab, lobster, shrimp, etc...), Mussels with Cream Sauce, Escargot, Catfish, Dover Sole, Red Snapper, Tilapia, Walleye, Sea Bass, Salmon / Trout, Bluefish and Mackerel
Sauces White Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices Anise, Fennel Seed, Tarragon, Basil, Curry, Ginger, Nutmeg, Mace, Allspice, Saffron, Thyme

Wine Terms

Name Value
Burgundy or Bourgogne (bor guh nyeh)-this region in eastern France, known equally for the excellence of its red and white wines, consists mostly of small estates, or domaines. Although its climate and soil are particularly suited to the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, with Gamay dominant in the southern district of Beaujolais, Burgundy’s terroir is so varied that each vineyard creates distinctive wines. This wide variety accounts for not only the plethora of sublime wines coming from this region, but also for the relatively small production levels. There are five main districts in Burgundy: The Côte d’Or, The Côte Chalonnaise, Chablis, The Mâconnais, and Beaujolais. Red Burgundy is paler than Bordeaux, ranging in color from garnet to cherry or ruby, because the Pinot Noir grape has less color than the Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot grapes. It tends to be full in body and low in tannin. The characteristic aroma is cherries and berries, with woodsy, or mushroomy accents. When a red burgundy ages, it often develops a silky texture, richness, and natural sweetness of fruit flavors. Red Burgundies are great to drink young because of their softness and fruitiness, and they are incredibly versatile companions to food.
Chardonnay (shar dohn nay)—This noble grape’s reputation was established in France, particularly in the Burgundy region, and the highly prized Chardonnay wines from Chablis, Mâcon, Mersault, and Pouilly-Fuissé are imitated by winemakers around the world. Generally an oaked wine (whether from expensive oak barrels or a quick soak in oak chips), its fruity aromas and flavors range from apple in the cooler regions to tropical fruits such a pineapple in the warmer regions. It can also display subtle earthy aromas, such as mushroom or minerals. It has a medium to high acidity and is generally full-bodied. Classical Chardonnay wines are dry. Chardonnay is also an important grape in the Champagne district where it's picked before fully ripe and while it still has high acid and understated fruit flavors—the perfect combination for champagne. California has adopted this grape with a fervor and there are some 200 wineries producing Chardonnay wines in other parts of the United States. Chardonnay has also seen a tremendous planting surge in Australia, and new vineyards are being planted in Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Spain, and South Africa.
Côte d’Or Literally, “slope of gold,” this famous area in France’s Burgundy region is rather small and divides into two parts: the Côte de Beaune in the south and Côte de Nuits in the north. The Côte de Nuits is famous for its red wines while the Côte de Beaune, although it also produces superb red wines, is more celebrated for its white wines. The area’s red wines are based on pinot noir; the white wines are based on chardonnay. The Côte d’Or contains numerous grand cru and premier cru vineyards that turn out some of the greatest wines in the world which, because of the limited vineyard area, are extremely high priced.
France France is the standard bearer for all the world’s wines, with regard to the types of grapes that are used to make wine and with the system of defining and regulating winemaking. Its Appellation d’Origine Controlee, or AOC system, is the legislative model for most other European countries. Most French wines are named after places. The system is hierarchical; generally the smaller and more specific the region for which a wine is named, the higher its rank. There are four possible ranks of French wine, and each is always stated on the label: Appellation Contrôlée (or AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (or VDQS); Vin de pays, or country wine; and Vin de table. France has five major wine regions, although there are several others that make interesting wines. The three major regions for red wine are Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone; for white wines, the regions are Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace. Each region specialized in certain grape varieties for its wines, based on climate, soil, and local tradition. Two other significant French wine regions are Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both in the south of France. Cahors, in the southwest of the country, produces increasingly good wines.
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