"Les Rugiens-Bas" 1er cru de Pommard 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

-(two-thirds vendange entier Medium red. Cherry and raspberry aromas lifted by a sexy spice character. Chewy and rich but weightless, with a penetrating quality to its red fruit flavors. The most taut of these Cote de Beaune wines to this point. Saturates the entire palate but shows superb finesse of texture. Finishes with superb persistence and an ineffable light touch. Seems almost ready to bottle.
92-94 Stephen Tanzer

-66% stems A relatively high-toned and beautifully complex nose of stone-infused red currant, raspberry and spice hints marries into supple and silky-textured medium-bodied flavors that tighten up considerably on the explosive and intensely mineral-driven finish. I very much like the focus and calm poise this powerful effort exudes and like many of the '09 de Montille wines, this should age effortlessly. Tasted: May 06, 2011 - Score: 92-94 - Drink: 2021 - Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding
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