Puligny- Montrachet 1er Cru " Les Champs Gains" 2009
We harvested between the 9th 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 picking window was quite small. We had to harvest quickly and 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.
-A trace of sulfur can be discerned on the otherwise ripe but very Puligny-like nose of lemon, acacia blossom and wet stone. The racy, detailed, minerally and energetic flavors possess a beguiling sense of underlying tension and excellent punch on the long and moderately austere finish. Lovely juice. Allen Meadows