Domaine Jacques Prieur, based in Meursault, France, produces red and white wines with grapes sourced from the Burgundy region of France. Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in the Cote-de-Nuits region of Burgundy.
The 2007 Domaine Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru is 100% Pinot Noir. The wine was aged in oak (I’m guessing all French!) for an undetermined period of time.
I discovered this bottle in early February at a Burgundy wine dinner hosted by Restaurant Nicholas, in Red Bank, NJ. Pinot Noir has never been a favorite variety of mine, nor have I often chosen France over the U.S., Spain, or Italy.
The wines at this dinner completely changed my mind with respect to both Pinot Noir and French wine. They were among some of the best I have ever tasted. I was fortunate enough to purchase several bottles from different producers after the dinner.
The 2007 Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru is one nice bottle of wine.
Prior to tasting, I decanted the wine for 2 hours.
Taking a sip brought a wonderful mix of red fruit, cherries, and strawberry. Mixed in were vanilla and spice. This was such a well balanced wine, and there were so many levels of flavor. This can’t happen with a Pinot Noir….can it? Oh, yes it can – with the right grapes in the hands of a master winemaker.
The ABV is listed on the label as “11% to 14%” (only the French could get away with that. Correction: only a great French winery could get away with that.). If it were anywhere near 14%, it didn’t come through at all.
The finish was warm and lingering, bringing candied cherries and a little pepper with it. Truly enjoyable.
This wine went fabulously with a Greek Corfiote Fish Stew. It would be a great compliment to any roasted poultry dish as well. Try it with a selection of cheeses and you will be a hero.
The cost of this vintage was $85. Yes, it is pricey, but it did help to change my entire opinion of the Pinot Noir variety as well as French wines. If you find a bottle, and can cellar it properly, buy it and save it for a special occasion. You will not be disappointed.