Vintage hype is both good and bad for the wines business. Good because it creates interest which drives sales. Bad because it generalizes, forces one to make an early call on the vintage (never a good idea in Burgundy!) and destines those vintages not picked to a slow death in warehouses.  That being said, sometimes one does get an outline for a vintage after exhaustive tasting. 2009 in France may be one of the most consistent vintages of the last two decades. Across the regions of the Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux there is ample quality at all levels. The wines are not massive showstoppers but overwhelmingly have very pretty fruit and nice balance. In a wide range from village up, the wines show very well. Bordeaux is the strongest for age-ability.

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