Musigny Grand Cru
Domaine Jacques Prieur
26th-28th April: Devastating frost episode!
After a very mild winter and a warm spring weather in the second half of April, the bud break
was advanced but the frost with high level or humidity at the end of the month destroyed the
parcels with the best exposition. After the frost the vine was developing slowly. Acceleration in
growth and the maturity of grapes were possible thanks to very warm and dry summer, with
ripening that started quickly by mid-August. The harvest started on 20th September and the
sanitary condition of the vineyard was perfect.
GRAPE VARIETY & PLOT SIZE
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 southeast 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.
VINIFICATION & AGEING
The grapes were handpicked into small crates, then sorted and totally destemmed. The wine
stayed on the skins for 20 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 : 20 months
PRESS AND REVIEWS