I had the pleasure of attending Nigel Donnans 2009 Red Burgundy tasting last week, which was was good fun. There was an interesting mix of wines on show, although Jadot & Vougeraie made up the majority of the offerings so the tasting wasn't as insightful as it might have been (as obviously producer style can have as much an effect as the vintage).
The wines tasted were:
Jadot Cote De Nuits Village
Jadot Vosne Romanee
Jadot Beaune 1er 'Ursules'
Vougeraie Nuits 'Damodes'
Vougeraie Bonnes Mares
Overall I quite enjoyed the wines, as they were less blowsy than I might have expected them to be. While there certainly wasn't an excess of acidity on show, the wines for the most part were well balanced. Some of the wines were incredibly accessible already. My
favourite wines for the tasting were the Barthod Bourgogne, Jadot Vosne & Jadot Ursules, which all showed great balance, perform and had super finishes. The Vougeraie wines were quite impressive but a little too modern for my palate on the night (although I expect
that they had plenty of stuffing to age on, which might help integrate the not insubstantial amount of oak that they contained.
On the back of last night I think there is a good chance that 2009 will provide some nice wines for early drinking. I think I'll leave my basic 09s for another year or so and then start trying them out, whilst leaving the 05/06/08/10s age for a good bit longer.