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Big Names Blown Away By 2009 Red Burgundy Vintage

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Author: Marchand & Burch | Date: 08/Nov/2011 | Category: Marchand & Burch

Photo: Jeff Burch and Pascal Marchand at a gathering of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, a society of Burgundy wine lovers.

The world has never seen burgundies like the 2009 vintage releases.There has been a fundamental change in the market place. Burgundy will never be the same. Better vineyard and winery practices, better oak and cork… and then chuck in an appealing and marvellous vintage and we end up with more great wines and more magic than ever.

UK Master of Wine Jancis Robinson lamented on her website about the ‘sold out’ results at wine merchants. “There's a problem with the 2009 vintage in Burgundy,” she said. “In cellar after cellar, it’s too attractive and for once this was a vintage that delivered both quality and quantity. “(Burgundy) pinot noirs were charming, bursting with ripe fruit, balanced in a very seductive, forward manner and absolutely delicious to taste."

Bruce Sanderson of the American Wine Spectator said at their best the reds would be great wines that should develop beautifully over the next 20 to 30 years. “After tasting through the almost universally soft, long, generous, textured, delicious and wonderful early drinking and brilliantly made 2009 red releases from Bouchard Pere, Louis Latour, Marchand and Burch and Jean Marc Millot and others recently, it becomes very clear that Burgundy lovers should get down to their local wine merchant for a discussion – soon,” he said.

In 1976, Penfolds produced a reasonably priced red wine, Koonunga Hill, that captured the public’s imagination. Over the years it lost a little of its lustre as production expanded. A couple of years ago chief winemaker Peter Gago instructed the Penfold winemaking team to rebuild Koonunga Hill’s battered image by matching the finest of the earlier releases. These annual and multi-trophy winning ‘Seventy-Six’ releases are the result.

The 2010 release is as crowd-pleasing as that 1976 release and the 2006 13th anniversary wine. It is crimson in colour, has serious fruit quality – it’s juicy, plump, ripe and soft. Although very young, modern winemaking techniques leave the lingering fine tannins soft, ripe and easy with a lovely finish and aftertaste. 17.8 points and available at restaurants, wine bars and pubs only.

View the Marchand & Burch 2009 Burgundy Wines Online

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Written by John Jens, Wine writer and owner of Lamonts Wine Store Cottesloe 08/Nov/2011.

Category: Marchand & Burch