Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 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 quite densely fruited nose delivers real complexity as well as elegance with mostly floral notes to the otherwise ripe green apple and stone aromas. There is excellent richness to the full-bodied, serious and textured broad-shouldered flavors that possess an abundance of palate staining extract that culminate in a focused, powerful and explosive finish. This is terrific and should improve for up to a decade. Comments: Don't miss! Tasted: Feb 01, 2011 - Score: 94 - Drink: 2017 Burghound Issue 43  - Allen Meadows

- The 2009 Corton-Charlemagne is a rich, large-scaled white. It shows considerable depth and richness, with layers of fruit that builds effortlessly towards the explosive finish. This is a dramatic wine loaded with personality and sheer character. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.Rating 93 - Maturity Drink: 2014 Source Wine Advocate Sep 2011 - Antonio Galloni