Burgundy 2009 Report
Bordeaux isn’t the only wine region to experience great success. The winter was chilly, which locked down vines and deterred pests and other blights. Flowering was consistent and unilateral, taking place in early June. Spring and early summer were hot and humid. August, the month long regarded as the kingmaker in Burgundy, was perfect: rainfall was well below average, whilst sunlight hours and temperatures were well above average.
The year kicked off with a bitter, cold winter that put the vines in lockdown and staved off any risk of pests or disease. Flowering was unilateral in early June – a good sign. Spring and summer were exquisite: hot and humid. The only hitches were thunderstorms, which necessitated the use of spray to prevent mildew, botrytis and oidium.
August was scorching hot and bone dry. The favourable weather continued through harvest. Whilst drought may have been a concern, the moisture in May, June and July provided enough reserves to offset any dire conditions.
The dry weather resulted in healthy fruit and so sorting didn’t require much effort – almost all fruit met the necessary quality standards. Quantities were sizeable in most areas, though yields for some growers were down by as much as a third. Extraction went swimmingly, and the wines are deep in colour with buoyant, fruity tones.
Alcohol content is high and this, combined with rich fruity notes and acidity, will result in forward, structured reds that resemble the 2005 vintage.
"So far this vintage looks like it has a great balance of acidity, ripe tannins, concentration and finesse, a vintage whose level of quality most producers would happily duplicate each year," said Romain Taupenot of Domaine Taupenot-Merme.
Whites also boast rounded acidity and fruit. "The challenge for me is to keep the fresh character of the wines as much as possible, meaning a cool cellar during the 18 months in barrel,” said Pierre-Yves Colin of the negociant Colin-Morey.
Overall, it looks like Burgundy is going to be graced with captivating, fruity wines that possess great finesse. The vintage seems on track to rank among the greats.
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