After visiting Burgundy and tasting more than 265 reds and whites from barrel earlier this year, I am impressed by the 2009 vintage, especially for the reds. In cellar after cellar, the Pinot Noirs were charming, bursting with ripe fruit, balanced in a very seductive, forward manner and absolutely delicious to taste.
The whites are also forward and rich. The best have good acidity, though less mineral intensity than the two preceding years, 2008 and 2007. The 2009s are opulent, with lush fruit and round, ample profiles.
Following are my potential vintage ratings, along with a discussion of how the growing season influenced the wines' characters.
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