"The 2014 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Santenots, the 1.2-hectare monopole of the domaine, suffered a lot of hail damage apropos the young vines; as a consequence, there are only three barrels of this cuvée and no Volnay Santenots. It has a broody blackberry and briary bouquet, with touches of woodland and wild mushroom underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, straight-laced perhaps but full of freshness and mineralité. All it does not have is the persistence on the finish that a great vintage would have bestowed, but it will still give a decade's worth of pleasure." (WA)
"(100% destemmed): Good medium red. Inviting perfume of raspberry, spices, violet and licorice. Fine-grained and dense, conveying noteworthy definition to its black cherry, raspberry, darker berry and mineral flavors. This very fine-grained Volnay finishes with firm but harmonious tannins and lovely cut and rising length. Owner Edouard Labruyère described the Clos des Santenots as "our grand cru of Volnay," noting that the estate produced just 13 hectoliters per hectare in 2014." (VM)
"This wine is quite firm, but with plenty of black fruits under the severe exterior. Heavy losses from hail don't seem to have affected the ripeness and the structure of what will develop into a very fine wine. It offers spice and a touch of chocolate at the end." (WE)
"Here the nose is similar to that of the regular cuvée except that the fruit is just a touch riper. The old vines are in evidence as the bigger and richer medium-bodied flavors possess better mid-palate concentration as the dry extract coats the palate and buffers the noticeably firmer finish that is both longer and more complex. I very much like the mouth feel of this relatively robust effort that should reward a decade plus of cellar time yet be approachable after 6 to 8 years." (BH)
Terroir: Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Clos de Santenots is a 3 acre walled parcel of the greater Santenots vineyard well situated on the center slope with a due eastern exposure on the southern boundary of the Volnay appellation. This is a monopole vineyard, exclusive to Domaine Jacques Prieur. Soils are very well drained and comprised primarily of magnesium and limestone.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, strictly sorted and destemmed. The must will sit on the skins for 20 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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