2009 was one of the great years of Burgundy. Some of the best wines I have tasted have come from this year and I’ll promise you that you’ll never drink enough 2009 Burgundy. Les Lavieres is from the unfashionable village of Savigny Les Beaune so it is cheap and available. Yet if more people had tasted this wine it would not be so. It is perfumed with lavender and blue/purple berries, with graphite and black stones underneath. The palate is richly fruited and very silky. This is such a charming wine and a real pleasure to drink. I would drink all of mine now but it will no doubt evolve and change over the next 10 years. Match it with something simple and all the wine to really sing.
Bouchard are owned by the Henriot empire and are encouraged and expected to achieve quality from top to bottom. They own parcels in some of the great estate vineyard in Burgundy and despite their size, they never fail to make a wine of charm and depth. These are not to be missed!
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
A satellite appellation of Beaune. The wines can be quite varied but the best producers make forward and sturdy wines that are immensely enjoyable.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
One of the greatest vintages for Burgundy ever. The wines are powerfully fruited with great structure and pure as can be. Unlike 2005 where vintage was the prominent feature, the 2009s showed lovely terroir characters first.