The Prieur family has been growing wine in the AOC Sancerre for eleven generations >. The winery was known for its solid qualities until Luc Prieur, a trained oenologist, took over the reins in 2012 at the age of just 21 and led the winery to the absolute top of the region.
In addition to many quality-improving measures, Luc also switched to organic viticulture. After the prescribed transition phase, in which the areas have been farmed organically for four years, the winery has been organically certified by AB since the 2022 vintage.
The vineyard area today amounts to almost 19 hectares, of which 5 hectares are Pinot Noir. Paul Prieur's great potential is the legendary top location "Mont Damnes" in Sancerre, where the top white wine grows, or the warmer lower part of it, called "Les Pichons", where the Pinot Noir is grown, of whose potential Luc Prieur is firmly convinced is.
The wine harvest is carried out 100% by hand, the white wines mature in steel tanks and partly in 600 liter tonneaux, the red wines in barriques and large wooden barrels, with only a little new wood being used. The wines are usually unfiltered so as not to take away any ingredients.
Unfortunately, there are only a few press reviews of the younger vintages; Decanter magazine is enthusiastic about the 2020 Sancerre Mont Damnés and awards 94/100 points.