Clos Vougeot - Grand Cru 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

- (100% vendange entier; two-thirds 65-year-old vines and one-third 30 years old) Good deep red. Musky, reticent, rather sullen nose hints at redcurrant. Sweeter in the middle but still in a rather medicinal, compact style. This sappy if somewhat tough Clos Vougeot finishes with big, sweet tannins that dust the front teeth.
By Stephen TANZER

- High-toned aromas of maraschino, pistachio, and herbal extracts mingle with red currant and cherry on the nose and bright, firm palate of de Montille's 2008 Clos Vougeot. As I work this around in my mouth, deeper notes of roasted red meat and crushed stone add depth, while a persistently enticing primary juiciness accompanies them into a long finish, helping to mitigate any sense of austerity. This ought to be worth following for 12-15 years.
By David Schildknecht / 90-91 - Drink 2010 - 2025