Beaune 1er cru "Les Perrières" 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.

2009 is an excellent red wine vintage. Its quality compares to 2005, even if the profile of these two vintages and their optimal drinking windows are different. In fact, the 2009s resemble the 1959s or perhaps the 1989s with their ripe, yet still crackling red fruits as well as some black cherry notes melting into a background of spices mixed in with floral notes, if for no other reason than that we left in whole clusters, which we often do.

The mouthfeels are suave and vinous with freshly acidic notes and finely tuned a tannic structure that gives the wines more suppleness than the 2005s. The finishes are persistent and fresh to the point of being vibrant.

Most will be ready to drink between 2015 and 2025, while the Grands Premiers Crus and the Grands Crus can wait until 2030 or even 2040 and will be magnificent bottles.

Tasting notes

-There is a curious scent of pot pourri on the nose: very floral and distinctive. The palate has a firm entry, a rigid backbone here with crisp raspberry and strawberry fruit and drying tannins on the finish. It just needs a little flesh to round it out. Tasted January 2011.
Neal Martin

-Savoury dark fruit. Dark, peppery and promising. The palate delivers similar savoury dark fruit but nothing heavy about this. Taut, well structured, embryonic.
Lovely purity on the nose. Very fresh yet fully ripe. A great success. Beaune in its purest form? 17, - Drink 2014-2020
Jancis Robinson

-The 2009 Beaune Les Perrieres caresses the palate with layers of dark, sensual fruit, showing excellent length. A clean, vibrant finish rounds things out nicely. This is on the delicate side for Beaune, but quite pretty. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019. Rating 89 - Maturity Drink: 2013 – 2019
Source Wine Advocate #194 May 2011 - Antonio Galloni

- An extremely fresh and expressive nose speaks of floral notes, red currant and hints of red berry liqueur while the mineral-inflected and well-detailed flavors possess real verve on the energetic and wonderfully harmonious finish. I quite like the style of this as it's a wine of grace and harmony.  Allen Meadows