2009 Champagne Jacquesson 'Dizy Corne Bautray' Extra Brut 1.5L
Winemaker Notes: During the 1990s the Chiquets were improving their farming and re-discovering their terroirs. Their one hectare of Corne Bautray Chardonnay way up on top of a hill above Dizy particularly impressed them in the harvest of 1995, and they made an experimental cuvée from it. 2000 was the first commercial release. The vines were planted in 1960, face southwest, and grow in relatively thick alluvial topsoil. This soil is a layer of loose clay-silt packed with pebbles, giving good drainage, and provides a bed as deep as nine feet overtop the ever-present Campanian chalk—which these old vines reach down to for water. The wine is remarkable for its elegant power.
Vinous - "The 2009 Extra-Brut Corne Bautray is rich ample and creamy with all of the radiance of the vintage very much on display. Readers will find a potent Chardonnay with so much depth and power that it almost feels like a Pinot. Orchard fruit dried flowers chamomile and tropical inflections all grace this extroverted flamboyant Champagne. The 2009 is not exactly subtle but its dramatic beauty can't be denied. Disgorged April 2019 and bottled with no dosage."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "Disgorged in April 2019 without dosage the 2009 Extra-Brut Premier Cru Dizy - Corne Bautray is showing well opening in the glass with aromas of clear honey dried white flowers nougat yellow apple fresh peach and walnuts. Medium to full-bodied it's elegantly vinous with fine depth at the core ripe but racy acids and chalky back-end grip. This is the most immediate and demonstrative of Jacquesson's lieux-dits in the 2009 vintage."
John Gilman - "The Jacquesson chardonnay vines in the Dizy lieu à dit of Corne Bautray were planted in my birth year 1960 so they are getting to be pretty old vines these days! The wine was barrel-fermented and aged for an extended period in cask prior to bottling up for its secondary fermentation. The 2009 was disgorged in April of 2019 after nearly nine years aging sur latte and finished without any dosage. The wine offers up a nicely ripe and complex bouquet of apple warm bread right out of the oven lovely nuttiness a complex base of minerality a bit of youthful oak influence dried flowers and a nice touch of upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep full-bodied and nicely brisk structurally with a rock solid core fine soil undertow refined mousse and a long nascently complex and very nicely balanced finish. As this is non-dosé in 2009 I do not find it quite as immediately appealing as the 2009 Champ Caïn out of the blocks as there is no dosage to buffer the good girdle of acidity here. Consequently unless one is an ardent fan of no dosage bottling I would tuck this excellent wine in the cellar for three or four years and let the acids relax a little bit before really starting to drink it in earnest. (Drink between 2024-2045) 93+"
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