Nuits-Saint-George "Aux Saints-Juliens" 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

-Medium red. Nose offers a rather fragile red berry and floral perfume. Fresh and floral but lighter and less substantial than the last few samples from the Cote de Beaune. A bit slight but floral, subtle and fine-grained-and livelier than the 2007 version. 87-89
Stephen Tanzer

-An intensely floral component adds elegance to the otherwise fresh and earthy red pinot fruit that evidences a sauvage hint. The pure, intense and vibrant medium-bodied flavors possess a discreet touch of minerality that adds lift to the understated and relatively fine finish. A lovely villages. Comments: Outstanding - Tasted: May 06, 2011 - Score: 89 - Drink: 2015+ Burghound Issue 42  -  Allen Meadows