Tasted at the domaine in April 2012 with Mme Nadine Gublin who is the technical director for the winery. The Domaine Jacques Prieur owns a significant 0.73 hectare plot of this grand cru which is south-east facing and conducive to early ripening. As with other pinots the grapes were 100% destemmed, left on the skins for 19 days and this grand cru has been aged for 21 months in 100% new oak barrels. This Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru from the ripe 2009 vintage announces itself with a deep, royal purple colour. Initial aromas of ripe black berry (mûre), black currant (cassis) and very ripe strawberries. Suggestions of thyme and oregano. This grand cru is well-integrated on the palate, despite the new oak, very concentrated, long and has a big structure without the sometimes tough tannins of Corton reds. To be consumed from 2015 onwards with a wild pigeon breast at the Château d'Igé. Scores 23-25 / 30 for a Corton grand cru.