Founded in 1865 and based in the famous Meursault appellation of Burgundy, the prestigious Domaine Jacques Prieur reigns over a vast collection of diverse vineyards, spread across the region’s most widely known appellations. Today this 21-hectare estate comprises 9 Grand Crus in the Cote d’Or and 14 Premier Crus in the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune regions, planted with the region’s two most celebrated varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
150 Years of Strategic Expansion
The history of Domaine Jacques Prieur can be traced back to 1868, when Claude Duvergey of Meursault married Marie Taboureau of Bligny and founded the Duvergey-Taboureau House of wine and spirits trade. Eleven years later, Duvergey acquired the “Les Herbeux” property in Meursault, located at the heart of the current estate. The purchase of this vineyard would be the first of many, the first step in the formation of this geographically diverse property. Within the next 12 years, Duvergey added to Les Herbeux the famous Clos de Mazerey Monopole in Meursault, the prestigious Clos des Santenots in the Volnay appellation, 4.5 hectares of Clos Vougeot, 2 lots in Chambolle-Musigny, 1.5 hectares of Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes and 0.45 hectares of land in Montrachet. In 1895 Duvergey added more land in Musigny and swapped a lot of Clos Vougeot for parcels of Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos-de-Beze. He also added Volnay Champans and Chevalier–Montrachet to the property.
Since Claude and Marie had no children of their own, Claude left his estate in 1935 to Jacques Prieur, the son of Marie’s niece and her husband Henri Prieur. It was Jacques Prieur, together with count Jules Lafon, who first instituted the Paulee of Meursault, a great feast of winemakers that celebrates the end of each year’s harvest. He also co-founded the Chevaliers du Tastevin, an exclusive fraternity of Burgundy wine enthusiasts. The domain was named after him in 1956. When Jacques died in 1965 he left his winery to his 6 children. In 1988, 5 important French families united to help the Prieurs from selling the winery to foreign shareholders. Today the domain is managed by the Labruyere family with the support of the Prieur heirs. Since then the Grands Crus of Corton-Bressandes and Corton-Charlemagne have also been added onto the estate’s impressive patchwork of vineyards.
A Varied Terroir of Grand Crus and Premier Crus
Domaine Jacques Prieur, based in the Meursault appellation of Burgundy today includes 21 hectares of vineyards – 11 hectares planted with Pinot Noir and 10 hectares of Chardonnay. The property includes an impressive one-third of all Burgundy Grand Cru appellations: Chevalier-Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne, Montrachet, Corton-Bressandes, Clos Vougeot, Echezeaux Musigny, Chambertin Clos de Beze and Chambertin. The winery has vines in 14 Premier Cru appellations: Meursault Perrieres, Meursault Charmes, Meursault Santenots, Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes, Volnay Champans, Volnay Clos des Santenots (Monopole), Pommard Les Charmots, Beaune Champs Pimont, Beaune Clos de la Feguine, Chambolle-Musigny Combe d’Orveau and Beaune Greves. Additionally, the property also includes a Village appellation, the monopole Meursault Clos de Mazeray.
Vineyard Manager Daniel Godefroy has been following sustainable agricultural practices and even some biodynamic processes in the cultivation of the estate’s vineyards. The soil is tilled and the vineyards have seen a reduced amount of input in the past few years. Some of the vineyard practices have also been planned to follow the lunar cycle. The enormous variety found between the estate’s parcels makes it necessary to treat each one individually and to pay special attention to the needs of each vineyard.
In the Cellar
The grapes from each of the property’s vineyards go through manual harvest and careful sorting on a double sorting table at the winery. In the case of Chardonnay, both alcoholic fermentation and maturation are carried out in oak barrels with malolactic fermentation 100% completed on all wines. For Pinot Noir, maceration lasts for 20 days in temperature-controlled wooden vats. The wines are matured in oak barrels, of which 50-80% are new for Grand Crus and 30% for Premiers Crus. The choice of barrels depends on the terroir of each parcel as well as on the vintage. Maturation usually takes around 20 months for the estate’s Pinot Noir.
Close-Up on Three of Our Favorites from Domaine Jacques Prieur
Domaine Jacques Prieur : Meursault 1er cru “Santenots” 2014
The Meursault 1er cru “Santenots” 2014 from Domaine Jacques Prieur is a single-varietal Chardonnay wine coming from a parcel with a total area of 0.80 hectares. The vines enjoy eastern exposure and are planted in deep soils consisting of limestone agglomerates mixed with clear marl and silt. The balance of earth and stone helps the fruit achieve perfect maturity while also lending a characteristic minerality to this Meursault-Santenots wine. The wine is matured in oak barrels for 21 months.
This Meursault 1er cru “Santenots” from Domaine Jacques Prieur exhibits an intense and brilliant golden green color. On the nose, the wine develops a beautifully chalky and refreshing minerality as well as notes of aniseed and spice. A voluptuous palette follows with beautiful density, salty flavors and crisp notes of citrus. And finally, a warm finish.
Domaine Jacques Prieur : Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru 2012
The Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru 2012 of Domaine Jacques Prieur is a single-varietal Pinot Noir wine produced in the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation of Burgundy. The grapes come exclusively from 1er cru classified vineyards in this appellation, which is widely regarded as the home of the most full-bodied and intense red wines of the region. The terroir enjoys a marginal continental climate, along with iron-rich soils of loam over marlstone and limestone subsoils.
At tasting this wine reveals an intense red color. A very vibrant bouquet reveals characteristic notes of dried violets and dark berries. This wine is medium-bodied on the palate with crisp, vivacious tannins. A refreshing and brittle finish follows.Discover this wine
Domaine Jacques Prieur : Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru “Les Combettes” 2014
The Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru “Les Combettes” 2014 from Domaine Jacques Prieur is an extraordinarily aromatic, fresh and lively white 1er cru wine made from exclusively Chardonnay grapes planted on a 1.5-hectare plot. The vines, planted in the appellation of Puligny-Montrachet, enjoy southeast exposure on a hill overlooking the appellation’s namesake village. The vineyard’s soil is composed of clay-limestone with a high volume of stones. Grapes are selected by hand and the wine aged in oak barrels for 19 months.
At the tasting, this Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru “Les Combettes” displays a luminous golden green color with bright silver reflections. On the nose, one may detect charming notes of dried fruits, along with citrus, flint stone and mint. On the palate this wine offers a fantastic energy and tension, featuring saline notes and fragrant flavors of flowers, mostly violet. The finish is crisp and mouthwatering fresh.Discover this wine
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