Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune Clos de la Fèguine Premier Cru 2011

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photoThis domain has improved vastly in the last decade and is now amongst the best second-tier producers in Burgundy, with some of its bottlings reaching into that storied upper tier occupied only by the likes of Leroy, Dujac, DRC and others of that ilk. This is welcome given DJP’s broad holdings which include the key Grand Cru sites Chambertin, Montrachet, Clos Vougeot, Corton-Charlemagne, and Musigny.

Success coincided with conversion to farming with minimal sprays and picking with more stringent fruit selection. This approach has yielded pure fruited wines, of which this is one. Assisted by the early ripening 2011 vintage, this south-facing monopole (owned entirely by the domain) lies adjacent to two of the best vineyards in Beaune: Les Teurons and Aux Cras. It shares with those sites a greater density than other Beaune reds, though by no means is it a heavy wine.

You can expect a lovely, highly aromatic expression of sous bois and bright red berry fruits that continue on the elegant palate. Easy to appreciate now, the sneaky tannins present themselves with decanting and suggest this will easily develop well for another 4-5 years. For my money, I’ll drink this sooner rather than later when looking for something special with charm and fleetness of foot.

Very Good+
~$100 at kits wine

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