2017 Omnipresent Sun!
The exceptional warm weather and the sunlight in March and in the first half of April gave way to a very quick development of the vine. The decrease in temperature in the end of April and minor frost episodes did not impact our vineyards like in 2016.
With constantly high temperatures, the growth cycle of the vine during the phase of vegetation was fulgurating (early and rapid flowering at the end of May - beginning of June and "flash" véraison has finished by 10th August).
The canicular weather in end of August intersected with occasional rains has accelerated the maturation of grapes and placed 2017 vintage among the earliest since the beginning of the years 2000.
The harvest at Domaine Jacque Prieur began on 29th August.
Grape variety : 100% Pinot Noir on a 0.77 hectare plot
This is one of the greatest terroirs in the Côte de Nuits. The vineyard is located on a fault overlooking the Clos Vougeot and bordering on the Combe d'Orveau. Le Musigny has south-east facing sun exposure and a unique, sunny microclimate.
The thin, light soil has a high proportion of stones that not only guarantee good drainage, but also store heat in the daytime and release it at night.
The grapes are always very ripe and produce a velvety nectar with lovely floral (violet) aromas and an impressively long aftertaste.
The grapes were handpicked into small crates, then sorted and totally destemmed. The wine stayed on the skins for 22 days in temperature-controlled open oak vats. Pigeage (punching down the cap) was done twice a day during alcoholic fermentation.
100% malolactic fermentation
The wine was aged entirely in oak barrels.
Duration of barrel ageing : 18 months
Tasted in April 2019
COLOUR : Intense ruby red with dark purple rim.
NOSE : Refined with subtle floral (violet) and slightly peppery notes.
PALATE : Flavourful, fruity, spiced, liquorice and slightly mentholated notes. Sumptuous, dense and extremely elegant tannins on the finish.