2009 Burgundy

A look at this much-anticipated vintage


Burgundy. We’re talking rarified ground, even hallowed ground to some. But there is hope for even the common man when it comes to Burgundy, though admittedly not much. If you’re searching for values in Burgundy, you have three options: so-called off vintages; lesser-known regions, such as Savigny and Mercurey; or négociants.

I recently gave an overview of the value négociants to bring to the table and touched on Domaine Drouhin at that point. Today I am enjoying a mini tasting of another négociants line-up. A tease of 2009 as it were, with 6 half-bottles from the esteemed Maison Louis Jadot. What are these wines telling me about the vintage and more importantly, about the wines? Let’s take a look and see.    

The 2009 Burgundy vintage is just hitting the shelves and with much fanfare. This much-anticipated vintage has all the hallmarks of a great vintage, but may in fact have benefitted a bit too much from the weather, making the wines immediately appealing but maybe a bit less profound with time.
Louis Jadot Tasting

Click for a slideshow of 6 Current Releases from Louis Jadot

The growing season began on the early side and things were generally uneventful through May and June. July saw some worrying rains, but the truth is that this early in the season a few strong rainfalls can easily be handled by both vineyard and vignerons alike! Of course humidity and warm temperatures can cause issues in the vineyard but with today’s vineyard management techniques, they remain worries rather than insurmountable obstacles.

August and the end of the growing season was luxuriously warm with sporadic rainfall that helped to refresh the vines when they did arrive. The harvest, like much of the season, was a bit on the early side, with many domaines reporting wonderfully ripe fruit.  

It is very early on to be prognosticating about wines that I have little exposure to, so I won’t – except to say that what I have tried has been very attractive, but with a certain immediacy that leads me to believe that these, round, fresh, aromatic wines may mimic their growing season in one respect: early to arrive and early to end, which is not to say that these wines will not be age-worthy, but rather that the seductive nature of these wines will best be enjoyed in relative youth as the ripeness seems to have left many wines with noticeable alcohol, rather soft acidity and  gentle tannins.

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  • Gregory, Would the negociants admit to it if they were in fact targeting that style of wine - immediate accessibility- given their New World competitors to include New Zealand ?

    Apr 20, 2011 at 4:38 PM

  • Snooth User: ZEEDINE
    542043 9

    Moved back to my house in Burgundy last week from Thailand. The super market up the road as an excellent selection of your very choice some as expensive as 8 Euro's. YES 8 . most are 4/5 -- ain't you just green at the gills..

    one euro is 1 and a half dollars. hence $12 for the very best ...

    thanks for your advice. If i buy from the farms in a large container
    ( it's tax free) cash only, it's 2 euro's yip eeee !!!!!! $3 a bottle...

    Apr 20, 2011 at 11:17 PM

  • I am also very spoiled. I travel and buy wine from all over the world. I have some of my best purchases from a small, local grocery store in Germany. The cost per bottle is about 2-5 Euros, the majority being about 2-3 Euros. I find a good selection though limited from France, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Australia and the U.S. I bring a few bottles in every trip and claim it on my declaration form. Even if I pay duty, it will still be a great deal compared to buying at the stores in Canada.

    Apr 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM

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