White Burgundy - 2009 - Meursault Tete de Murger - - Javillier

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Tasting Notes

Score: 92
Tasted: Feb 01, 2011
Drink: 2015+

Outstanding Top value 
Note: from Murgers de Monthelie and Les Casse Têtes
Producer note: **All Wines Labeled as Cuvée Spéciale. Patrick Javillier explained that 2009 achieved “basically perfect maturity. We began picking on the 6th of September and brought in perfectly clean fruit with potential alcohols that ranged from 12.8 to 13.3%. Total acidities were normal but the pHs were relatively low. As such the wines are perfectly balanced with no heaviness and they not only have more flesh than the ‘08s but they have especially long finishes.” I found the Javillier ‘09s to be just as good as his amazing ‘08s and while the styles of the respective vintages are different, it’s hard to choose a qualitative winner. In short, both 2008 and 2009 are terrific vintages chez Javillier. I will repeat what I said about his ‘08s and apply it to his ‘09s: They are genuinely brilliant, particularly at the villages and regional wine levels. In fact, I would go so far as to say that there is quite simply no one in Burgundy producing better regional or villages level wines across the board.

Tasting note: Here the nose is riper still and while it is overtly exotic, there is no hint of surmaturité. The flavors are viscous in fact there is a borderline oily quality as there is so much extract present that this is almost thick yet, almost incongruously, this is not at all ponderous or cumbersome. As one might imagine with so much extract, this is a distinctly powerful and intense wine that completely coats the palate on the hugely long finish. While this is a dramatic, even imposing wine, it is less elegant than usual but fans of power white burgundy cannot fail to appreciate it.