Bouchard Pere et Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Pinot Noir Burgundy 2009
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Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
2009 Beaune "Clos de la Mousse" 1er
1er Cru Red barrel
Score: 89-92 Burghound
Tasted: May 06, 2011
Note: a monopole of Bouchard Père
Producer note: Christophe Bouchard and Philippe Prost, Bouchard's managing director and winemaker respectively, noted that 2009 "is not as easy to pigeon-hole as some people seem to believe. It's of course natural to believe that each vintage has a unique character and as such, it becomes easier to discuss the wines of that vintage as though they all resembled each other due to these shared characteristics. But that's not the necessarily the case with 2009 because there were, in a sense, two flowerings, one early and one late depending on the sector in question. Because of this, you could easily have surmaturité in the precocious sectors and better balanced wines, especially from an acidity standpoint in later maturing sectors. The early terroirs are almost easy with very generous and round characters whereas the late maturing terroirs are much more classic. We picked from the 7th to the 21st of September and leading up to the harvest, and then every day thereafter, we systematically visited the vineyards to decide exactly when the optimum moment to pick might be. It's rare to see such a clean crop and there was almost nothing to sort. The lack of any sorting losses contributed to the relatively generous yields even though we did a green harvest in July. We were actually worried about the yields in August because it appeared that we dropped too much fruit. Yet when we started crushing the fruit everyone was surprised by the amount of juice and this explains why the acidities were lower than we expected. In the end, we believe that our lower yields going into the final part of the growing season helped us because the lower the bunch load, the earlier that you had phenolic maturity and thus the earlier that you could pick, thus helping to preserve acidity. Even with this advantage, we did have to acidify a few wines but not much and only in red. The whites were tricky in the sense that even 24 hours was enough to pass from having enough acidity to having a deficit so you had to be especially vigilant. While it's hard to be sure, this may be due to the fact that there was a lot of sunshine in 2009, in fact 5 to 7% more than in a normal year. The skies were almost always clear and this helps to explain the high degree of phenolic ripeness. Because of this, we did a fair amount of whole cluster fermentations in the Côte de Nuits, which ranged between 20 and 50% except for the Cazetiers which was 100%. As to the wines, 2009 is riper than 2005 but it doesn't have the same solid to liquid ratio and thus the wines are not as concentrated. Despite the fact that 2009 doesn't have just one style, the classification hierarchy was well respected because unlike say 2003, each level is clearly better than the one below it. One of the interesting aspects of the vintage is how much many of the reds improved during the course of the élevage and it probably unlike the '05s, the '09s will probably not shut down in their youth. But in the end, as good as the '09s are, it's clear that it's not 2005 in red or 2008 in white. That said, we really like the quality of the tannins in '09 and believe that there will be some very special wines in time." (Henriot, Inc., www.henriotinc.com, NY, NY; John E. Fells and Sons, www.fells.co.uk, UK).
Tasting note: This is also quite ripe with aromas of spiced cassis and plum that lead to fleshy and generous medium-bodied flavors that possess good richness and a seductively textured mid-palate, all wrapped in a mouth coating finish that delivers fine length. There is a subtle touch of minerality and the very firm tannins are clearly phenolically ripe plus with the wine's solid balance, this should be capable of aging well.