Wednesday, 12 January 2011

John Avery’s Burgundy 2009 Vintage Report

By John Avery MW

Expectations were high in Burgundy 2009 – would it follow the general run of excellent ‘9’ vintages? It was apparent from the first time I tasted this vintage in September 2010 that the answer was a resounding yes.

The year began with a cold, cleansing winter and a fresh, cool spring. And whilst there was some hail damage in Morey St Denis and Gevrey Chambertin it was not widespread. But what made this year particularly memorable was a very long, sunny summer. It was largely dry and bright, warm rather than hot, with just the occasional downpour of rain. Like elsewhere in France, 2009 was a glorious summer that lasted well into harvest time.

This was ideal for growers, allowing them the luxury of when to pick, rather than when the weather dictated it. Matthew Hemming (Fine Wine Manager), Emma Roberts (Buying Director) and I visited Burgundy in November 2010 to select the wines for this offer. It is such an enjoyable vintage that it was difficult to narrow it down but we are all thrilled with this year’s collection.

Click here to view the full 2009 Burgundy En Primeur offer