Beaune 1er cru "Les Sizies" 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

- Good medium red. Deeper pitched but less expressive on the nose than the Perrieres, offering black cherry and licorice aromas. Supple and juicy but a wine of only moderate intensity. Finishes slightly tart, with dryish tannins. From vines between 10 and 15 years of age.
87 - Stephen Tanzer

- An elegant and ultra-pure nose of essence of pinot fruit, violets and rose petal that is liberally laced with wet stone and attractive spice nuances. The equally pure, refined and generous medium-bodied flavors possess fine balance and length though not the complexity of the best of these Beaune 1ers. Tasted: May 06, 2011 - Score: 89 - Drink: 2016+ Burghound Issue 42

-This has a very refined bouquet, quite tertiary at first, a little muted before it begins to reluctantly offer redcurrant and cranberry leaf. The palate is well balanced with crisp raspberry and strawberry on the grainy entry, nicely balanced with an understated finish. Not a long-term Beaune, but fine early to mid-term drinking. Neal Martin

-Light, pretty and authentic-smelling. Lots of open fruit with an attractive but not funky earthiness. Not too sweet!
87-89 - 16.5 Drink 2015-2024 Jancis Robinson

-The 2009 Beaune Les Sizies presents a darker tonality of red fruit. It too, is a juicy, plump wine to drink over the next few years. The Sizies has 33% whole clusters. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. Rating 87 - Maturity Drink: 2012 - 2017
Source Wine Advocate #194 May 2011 - Antonio Galloni