Auxey Duresses 2009

The vintage

We harvested between the 9th and 18th of September.

The 2009 vintage arrived softly with a mild spring and a rather hot June and July, even if rains tried to upset the weather's balance at the end of July and for part of August.

The picking window was quite small. We had to harvest quickly and avoiding dramatic drops in acidities was of utmost importance.

The importance of the harvesting date was, as usual, of primordial importance, especially when the aim is to make fresh wines that favor minerality over unctuousness. This vintage has the profile of a fine year that gave healthy and ripe fruit.

The 2009 whites will be sufficiently rich and showy to enjoy young, between now and five years. Today the wines already offer good balance with ripe fruit aromas that finish fresh alongside floral notes on their bright palates.

Tasting notes

-Moderate sulfur compromises mildly the otherwise intense and pungent nose of Auxey-style earthy green fruit and citrus rind aromas. There is fine richness to the round, intense and nicely voluminous flavors that brim with dry extract on the mouth coating finish. As one would reasonably expect given the appellation, there isn't much finesse here but plenty of character.   Allen Meadows