2009: The weather was ideal for growing ripe grapes!
After a long, cold winter, proper spring weather set in during the month of April with above-average temperatures that enabled the vines to grow vigorously. The warm, dry, sunny weather that occurred in the latter half of May led to quick, even flowering in the early-ripening plots (close to the dates in 2003), while flowering in the later-ripening plots was more spread out and uneven further to a significant drop in temperature in early June. However, sunshine remained above average!
The weather was mostly good in July despite numerous storms that ended up accumulating water in certain plots. The ripening phase took place under perfect conditions. Sunshine and temperatures were above average throughout August and September, interrupted only by a few brief showers that had no adverse effect whatsoever.
At Domaine Jacques Prieur, the harvest began in early September. The weather was ideal (warm and sunny) and there was no need to hurry. The grapes were in perfect condition and picking for each plot could be planned according to the perfect degree of ripeness.
Initial impressions of wines from the 2009 vintage show that they are elegant, attractive, round, silky and full-bodied.
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay on a 0,22 hectare plot
Situated on the hill where the Grands Crus of Corton are located. Facing due east, the vineyard overlooks the village of Ladoix-Serrigny and goes up to the edge of the forest. The vineyard is steep and very chalky, which confers an intense mineral quality.
Whole bunches of grapes were handpicked into small crates and pressed in a pneumatic winepress. The juice was cold settled after pressing for 12-14 hours under temperature-controlled conditions. Alcoholic fermentation and ageing took place entirely in oak barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation
Duration of ageing: 22 months
Tasted in October 2011
COLOUR: Scintillating greenish-white.
NOSE: Fresh bread, fresh mushrooms, white flowers, and liquorice.
PALATE: Marked minerality and mouthwateringly delicious. Saline, thick, powerful, and rich. Generous aftertaste with impressive length.