Beaune 1er cru "Les Aigrots" 2008

The Vintage

The weather in 2008 was capricious with a fairly mild winter followed by a spring and summer that were essentially cool and damp, slowing the maturation of the grapes and permitting the development of rot. Additionally, at the end of August, we worried when the meteorologists predicted another week of cold and rainy weather. Then, a miracle occurred. On September 13, "la Bise", which is a cool and dry north wind, arrived, clearing the sky of clouds. It blew for about three weeks. This was exactly what was needed. There was sunshine to help the grapes achieve maturity, cold nights to preserve the grapes' acidity, and finally, a dry wind to stop and dry out the rot. We just had to wait.... Harvest began at the end of September with radiating sunshine but cool temperatures. In the end, even if the quantities are small, 2008 is a very lovely surprise, a very Burgundian vintage with aromas deriving from the late maturation and reminding us of 1978.

Tasting notes

- Musky stone, lemon and lime on the nose. Tactile and vibrant but youthfully imploded, with superb energy and stony cut to the citrus flavors. Finishes ripe, stony and long. Drink: 2013+ Stephen TANZER

-A reasonably ripe and very fresh nose of distinctive green fruit and citrus aromas that also evidence subtle floral and mineral notes, both of which continue onto the rich, round and generous flavors that culminate in a precise finish supported by tangy, even snappy acidity. This will need a year or two to flesh out but should reward the patience.  Allen Meadows