Beaune 1er cru "Les Aigrots" 2009

The vintage

We harvested between the 5th 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 harvest began fairly early, especially for Domaine and Maison de Montille, where freshness, precision and balance are always favored rather risking over-ripeness. We started on the 5th and finished on the 18th of September. The results give a freshness and balance on the palate that favor a lift and a savoriness in our wines that don't give a typical impression of the vintage.

The picking window was quite small. We had to harvest quickly and early during an abbreviated 13 days from the 7th to the 18th of September. This was true for both the Côte de Beaune and the Côte Chalonnaise; 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

- A discreet touch of SO2 does not unduly detract from the white flower and intensely stony nose that leads to equally mineral-driven and beautifully well-detailed flavors that possess excellent punch and drive on the austere and long finale. If this can add depth with a few years in bottle, this could surprise to the upside. Tasted: Feb 01, 2011 - Score: 90 - Drink: 2015+ Burghound Issue 43 Allen Meadows

- The 2009 Beaune Les Aigrots opens up to reveal layers of ripe apricots, peaches and flowers in a supple, forward style best suited for near-term drinking. The stylish finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. Anticipated maturity: 2012+. Rating: 89 - Maturity Drink: 2012 Source Wine Advocate Sep 2011 - Antonio Galloni