ONE YEAR ON, THE 2009 VINTAGE IS LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS
Before they get out their secateurs and winepresses in a few days time, Burgundy producers have begun bottling the 2009 vintage. This time last year, Burgundy was enjoying a happy harvest period after a hot and sunny summer. Grapes brimming with sugar and flavour were waiting on the vines.
One year on, the resulting wines are living up to expectations.
The reds exude great richness, plump texture and silky tannins. Above all, these soft wines are already easy to drink. They are reminiscent in some ways of other great vintages which have allowed wine lovers to discover wines of great elegance in their youth, yet also endowed with the classic qualities of a fine Burgundy, in particular significant potential for laying down. While ageing in the cellars of the more patient Burgundy enthusiasts, these gourmet wines have developed another facet to their personality. Without losing their finesse, they have grown in complexity, revealing the quintessence of their origins. Proof that in Burgundy, given time, terroir always comes to the fore.
The whites are also highly expressive, aromatic, rich and refined. The winemaking practices employed, the minerality of most of the climates, and the great care taken in the maturation process have also given them purity and freshness. This will also allow them to become richer over the years without losing their vivacity.
Although busy in the cellars working on the 2009 vintage, winemakers have not of course forgotten about the 2010 harvest, keeping one eye on their plots and the other on the sky. After a mixed August, September promises to be milder. And with the return of more favourable conditions, the grapes are maturing at a steady pace. Harvesting may begin around mid-September for Crémant de Bourgogne and around 20 September for other appellations (see “Wines and vineyards” section).
Read the complete press release on the 2009 vintage in the online press room at (click here)