The Musigny from Jacques Prieur is pretty special … as it’s produced on the vineyard Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d’Orveau.
Domaine Jacques Prieur has twice managed to get plots in La Combe d’Orveau promoted to Grand Crus status and included in the Mighty Musigny vineyard.
It’s perhaps not one of the best Musigny produced .. but the history of the vineyard holdings is nevertheless quite intriguing. So lets take a terroir walkabout!
The Jacques Prieur is produced from one cadastre plot within the Combe d’Orveau section of the Musigny vineyard. The total area of Prieurs holdings in Musigny is 0.7660 ha making them the third largest owner on this mighty grand cru.
Musigny – the three sections
The Musigny vineyard has three sections … Les Musigny or Grands Musigny – the main and northern part of the vineyard. Les Petits Musigny – just south of Les Musigny – a monopole owned by Vogue. Lastly we have the extension of the vineyard with a plot in the climate La Combe d’Orveau (added to Musigny in 1929 and 1989) – see map below.
The Jacques Prieur plots on Musigny
Jacques Prieur own one large Cadastre plot in the Combe d’Orveaux section of Musigny. The plot (#15) is 0.7660 ha, and Prieur is the only owner of Musigny in this section.
The Prieur holdings in Musigny were included in the vineyard via upgrading parts of the 1er cru La Combe d’Orveaux – first in 1929 and once more in 1989.
The expansion of Musigny in 1929
The original Musigny vineyard had two main climates – Les Musigny and Les Petit Musigny. In 1929 a third climate was included in the Musigny appellation when a 0.62 ha part of La Combe d’Orveau owned by Jacques Prieur was promoted to grand cru Musigny 1.
It was the bottom part of La Combe d’Orveau that got promoted – see map below – and the rumor says that some of the other owners on La Combe d’Orveaux were reluctant to apply for a promotion due to higher land taxes on grand cru vineyards.3
The cadastre maps have been changed since this expansion, so the map above is a approximation of the situation after the expansion of Musigny in 1929.
The second expansion of Musigny in 1989
In 1989 we saw the second expansion of Musigny, and it was again initiated by Domaine Prieur who wanted to expand the Musigny part of La Combe d’Orveau. In total 0.15 ha of La Combe d’Orveaux 1er cru was promoted to grand cru on this occasion – see map below.
The boarders between the grand cru plots and the 1er cru plots are somewhat unclear, as the arial photo suggest one thing … while the cadastre maps show a more irregular border between the Faiveley and Prieur holdings.