Domaine Jacques PRIEUR (Meursault) -- 2015 Part II: Côte de Nuits Reds Tasted from Barrel Samples

As I indicated on 2015 at Prieur, many of the Côte de Beaune vineyards suffered from the hails of the three previous vintages. But beginning with the Corton-Bressandes and continuing to these wines, that was not the case, yet I found relative disappointment here. It’s almost as though there had been a reversion to the winemaking of some time ago here that prized extraction and power over finesse and precision. Or perhaps that was just the result of the very small yields of the vintage here and the fact that, with exceptions, it is the lesser appellations and not the top terroirs are the real story of 2015.

2015 Clos Vougeot
The Clos Vougeot has classic black raspberry aromas. The mouth shows finesse for Clos Vougeot and classic red and black raspberry flavors. The wine has the power of the vineyard but is less tannic than Prieur’s Corton-Bressandes. The texture is chewy and this is a wine that should require substantial aging. Harvested on 10 September, 14º natural alcohol at harvest, no chaptalization. 70% new oak, 4 of the 14 barrels were made with whole clusters. (90-93)

2015 Gevrey-Chambertin      1er Cru
As usual, this wine is declassified Chambertin, made from Prieur’s younger vines (that are now about 24-25 years old). This wine is very powerful and dense with dark fruits, but for the moment, at least, I found the flavors rather muddied. No whole clusters here, 80% new oak. (88-91?)

2015 Chambertin
The Chambertin is extracted and powerful, although still retaining some of the elegance of Chambertin. A question mark here as when I tasted, I found the wine lacking definition and freshness. No whole clusters, 80% new oak. (89-92?)

2015 Échézeaux
Prieur’s Échézeaux has dense dark fruit aromas. The mouth is dense, dark, and extracted, but with the sensuality of Échézeaux coming through. But as with the previous wines, there’s not much differentiation of flavor coming through. (90-93)

2015 Musigny
Cassis aromas dominate the nose. The mouth shows the sensuality of Musigny and a velvet texture with density and concentration. There is length here and tons of material, but somehow I did not find the extra magic that Musigny should have.  (90-93)