The lack of spring frosts coupled with later than usual rainfall made for an uneventful start to the 2009 vintage. As the growing season progressed, there were very few heat spikes, reducing the need for drip irrigation. Bloom occurred during consistently warm, sunny days, which extended late into the summer, allowing for optimal maturity. These perfect weather conditions allowed us to calmly pick the Chardonnay at the peak of ripeness during the last two weeks of September. As a result, the 2009 wines are very intense and complex with a pronounced bouquet of blossoms, fruit and minerals.
The length of the wines is impressively lingering and perfumed, promising excellent aging potential. Mon Plaisir 2009 was produced from two complementary vineyard sites: one located on the slopes above the Alexander Valley, the other from a specific parcel of our mountainside estate vineyards in Knights Valley. Both vineyards share a combination of full sun exposure and abundant cooling marine influences. This produces low yields and enhances the extracted perfume that makes Mon Plaisir a pure classic style. Long, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations further develop this intense and complex bouquet while adding ample “gras” and a round mouthfeel. True to its name, the wine is indeed a pleasure: intense and perfumed. Mon Plaisir displays an exquisite bouquet of lemon cream, honey, and candied grapefruit, with subtle notes of spring flowers.
The palate is rich, full-bodied and creamy with stunning hints of stone fruits, pear, dry apricot and brioche. A mineral character and suggestions of pain grillé and hazelnut complete the mouthfeel of this wine and its long finish.
International Wine Cellar(2006 Vintage) Slightly hazy medium yellow. Rich, buttery aromas of stone fruits, hazelnut and lees. Ripe and fairly fat for this cuvee, with a distinctly glyceral impression and classic dryness. This hints at the typical minerality of this normally Chablis-like bottling but I find this year's release to be a bit less sharply delineated than usual.
Wine Advocate(1996 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 114 on Dec-97