"Le Cailleret" 1er Cru de Puligny-Montrachet 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

-Not surprisingly, this offers a big step up in aromatic elegance with its aromas of dried acacia blossom,
citrus rind, spice and wet stone where the latter element also characterizes the supple, round and intense mediumbodied
flavors that possess excellent complexity and genuinely striking length. This very classy effort should age well
over the medium-term.  - Allen Meadows

-More mineral on the nose than Les Narvaux du Dessous. Then creamy lemon on the palate. Very attractive, balanced, fresh and long. There's even a juiciness that comes through on the finish and whets the appetite. (JH)
Dense and tense. A step up from most of the whites shown by Flint. Racy and edgy. Real energy here. Bravo! (JR)
 score : 17  - Jancis Robinson