2009: The weather was ideal for growing ripe grapes!
After a long, cold winter, proper spring weather set in during the month of April with above-average temperatures that enabled the vines to grow vigorously. The warm, dry, sunny weather that occurred in the latter half of May led to quick, even flowering in the early-ripening plots (close to the dates in 2003), while flowering in the later-ripening plots was more spread out and uneven further to a significant drop in temperature in early June. However, sunshine remained above average!
The weather was mostly good in July despite numerous storms that ended up accumulating water in certain plots. The ripening phase took place under perfect conditions. Sunshine and temperatures were above average throughout August and September, interrupted only by a few brief showers that had no adverse effect whatsoever.
At Domaine Jacques Prieur, the harvest began in early September. The weather was ideal (warm and sunny) and there was no need to hurry. The grapes were in perfect condition and picking for each plot could be planned according to the perfect degree of ripeness.
Initial impressions of wines from the 2009 vintage show that they are elegant, attractive, round, silky and full-bodied.
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay on a 0.27 hectare plot.
South-facing sun exposure. Very steep.
Meagre, light brown silty and clay-limestone soil.
Fractured limestone.Former quarry. Perfect drainage
Whole bunches of grapes were handpicked into small crates and pressed in a pneumatic winepress. Alcoholic fermentation and ageing took entirely in oak barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation
Duration of barrel ageing: 20 months
Taseted in April 2011
COLOUR: White gold with silvery-grey highlights.
NOSE: Citrus (pink grapefruit) with hints of frangipane, almond paste, and fresh butter.
PALATE: Fresh, vibrant, and vivacious with flavours of preserved lemon, spice, spicy oak, and salt. Mouthwateringly good. Delicious.