Weather conditions and vine development
The vines grew normally after quick, concentrated flowering over the long holiday weekend of May 21st to the 24th. Abundant rainfall in June and especially July was followed by a hot and very dry month of August. Except for July, the 2009 growing season was particularly sunny.
Samples taken of grapes during the ripening period and laboratory analyses of their juice provided me with precious information about their maturity. Between the 3rd and the 7th of September, the sugar and acid (tartaric and malic) content, as well as the sugar to acid ratio, indicated that it would soon be time to harvest.
Picking started on Thursday, the 10th of September for the village appellation wine "Les Masures". By the 15th of September, the harvest in our vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay was finished. Thanks to our 2 winepresses and an average of forty pickers at any one time, we could progress at a quick rate, while maintaining quality. The last grapes were brought in on the 21st of September from our plot of Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Blanc "Sous Eguison".
Characteristics of the vintage Vintage characteristics − white wines
Gold-tinged and extremely healthy Chardonnay grapes produced concentrated, powerful wines. Their rich aromas and flavours captivate the senses, with overtones of spice, preserved citrus, toast, ripe fruit, white flowers, and acacia honey. A beautiful freshness on the aftertaste reflects fine acidity. The wine is altogether full-bodied and sumptuous on the palate, with a strong, dynamic presence and a spark of brilliance.
Vintage characteristics − red wines
Allegretto With regard to Pinot Noir, very ripe tannin and long (3-week) maceration resulted in wines of incredible depth. The very first sip is like a fireworks display of red fruit on the palate. The taste buds are then treated to a delicious flavour with buoyant, smooth, satisfying tannin.