"(vinified with one-third whole clusters; the fruit in previous vintages was destemmed but not crushed; aging in 70% new oak): Full, dark red. Aromas of wild dark berries, smoke and game are mellowed by burnished coffee and chocolatey oak tones. Surprisingly sweet and rich on entry, then firms up in the middle palate, showing a solid spine of minerals and tannins. Firm and linear on the persistent finish." (VM)
"This is a bold, ripe wine, full of both tannins and rich black fruits. Spice from the wood has given the wine an extra dimension while the ripe fruitiness gives it an almost jammy character. As it develops it will broaden into an impressive, concentrated wine. Drink from 2022." (WE)
A notably floral-inflected nose somewhat grudgingly reveals a layered array of spice, wood, earth and various red berry fruit scents. There is good volume if not quite the same mid-palate concentration as that of the Clos des Santenots, all wrapped in a sleek, vibrant, focused and moderately structured finish. This is a classic Bressandes that should flesh more out with time in bottle. (BH)
Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur owns a 1.8 acre parcel of Les Bressandes in the Grand Cru of Corton. Les Bressandes sits on the northern portion of the hill of Corton on the lower slopes. Soils are heavier here than further uphill consisting mainly of clay and small amounts of limestone.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 19 days prior to fermentation. The wine ages for 17 months of in oak barrels deep in the cellars of Domaine Jacques Prieur.
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