Domaine Jacques Prieur Montrachet 2006
Domaine Jacques Prieur
Greenish-gold color with silver-grey highlights. Extremely well-focused and exceptionally pure, with elegant toasty notes and a touch of aniseed on the bouquet. The taste is rich, concentrated, powerful and refined. Spicy, with tasty liquorice, aniseed, and nutty flavors. Delicious aftertaste. Refreshing, mouth-watering minerality. Exceptional strength and grip on the finish.
A discreet note of brioche joins the white flower, white peach and spice pear aromas that are in keeping with the equally rich and powerful broad-scaled flavors that possess serious weight and dry extract that buffers the moderately firm acid spine on the strikingly long and palate staining finish that also displays noticeable warmth. This is an almost massive wine that is also on the atypical side and while I can appreciate the sheer size, it's less elegant than usual. Score: 91-94 Drink: 2012+Score: 94. —Allen Meadows, July 01, 2008.
From the Chassagne side of this grand cru - one of two parcels being terraced, upper-elevation - the Prieur 2006 Montrachet displays an impressive aromatic layering of saline and crushed stone minerality; citrus oil; ripe peach; and musky, decadent floral perfume, like narcissus and fading lilies. A similar complexity prevails on the voluminous palate, albeit with some disturbingly obvious notes of lees and resinous new wood that will hopefully integrate after bottling. A deep nuttiness enhances the sense of depth. This finishes like a veritable force of nature, with no lack of energy to match its weight and its dense layers of flavor, but a bit inelegant and unrefined. I would anticipate at least 8-10 years of fascinating evolution during which it should reveal its full glory. (The less-intriguing 2005 combines fat and richness with an almost red wine-like sense of structure and grip, although it too displays rather obvious woodiness.)Score: 91-92. —David Schildknecht, December 2008.
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