Corton Clos du Roi - 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.

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

- (100% vendange entier; still in cask and not yet racked; all these grand crus are aging in 50% new oak) Good deep red. Very ripe yet delicate aromas of red fruits, earth and chocolate. Silky-sweet and impressively concentrated, conveying an impression of fullness without weight. Really outrageously perfumed fruit here, with lovely lift. Finishes with a medicinal quality that suggests this very deep wine is holding plenty in reserve. More evidence of how well the Corton hillside did in 2009. 92-94 Stephen Tanzer

- TheClos du Roi has a ripe nose with raspberry leaf, strawberry and just a touch of herbaceousness. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good acidity and a dash of pepper towards the finish. Nice length, but just lacking that killer edge on the finish. 88-90
Neal Martin

- Reticent. A bit leafy on the palate and quite dry. That leafiness is a shame because the tannins are fine and it finishes fresh. Maybe it will flesh out? (JH) 16.5 Drink 2015-2022 Jancis Robinson

- Soft wood frames the spicy and discreetly earth and animale-infused mix of red and dark berry fruit aromas where the earth continues onto the big, muscular and powerful flavors that brim with an abundance of dry extract that renders the firm tannic spine less prominent on the serious, long and explosive finish. This is a big wine with plenty of focused brawn yet there is almost no rusticity.
Allen Meadows