"Les Grèves" 1er cru de Beaune 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

-Racked during the harvest and now in cuve. Good full red. Offering black cherry, licorice, spices and minerals. A step up in flavor intensity and energy; 88-90 Stephen Tanzer
Here there is a more obvious floral and spice influence to the earthier and more serious, even somber dark berry fruit aromas that introduce cool, intense and almost pungently mineral-infused medium weight flavors blessed with plenty of tannin-buffering dry extract, all wrapped in a firm and impressively long finish. This should reward up to a decade of cellar time, perhaps a bit more. Sweet spot Outstanding - Tasted: May 06, 2011 - Score: 91-93 Drink: 2019+ Burghound Issue 42

- Intense, very ripe fruit on the nose. Good freshness. Quite a nervy wine for a 2009 red. Still very youthful – a big contrast to the Sizies. 17, Drink 2017-2025 Jancis Robinson

-The 2009 Beaune Les Greves is a weighty, powerful wine graced with a solid core of fruit. Hints of smoke, tar and ash add complexity to the dark fruit. This has more than enough energy and sheer heft to develop nicely for at least a few years in bottle. Crushed rocks frame the intense finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. Rating 90+ - Maturity Drink: 2014 - 2024
Source Wine Advocate #194 May 2011 - Antonio Galloni