Corton Charlemagne 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

- (bottled in April) Bright, pale, green-tinged yellow. Captivating if somewhat austere aromas and flavors of wet stream pebbles, lime, violet and lavender. Then fat and sweet in the mouth, with terrific energy and lift to the middle palate. In a thicker, rather masculine style; in comparison, the Caillerets is more racy and filigree. Stephen TANZER

- A gently wooded nose features a complex array of green apple, spiced pear and a distinct wet stonecharacter that is also reflected by the very rich and impressively broad-scaled flavors that not only possess terrific power but also an almost painful intensity on the balanced, focused and tension-filled bone dry finish that delivers outstanding persistence. Moreover, if this can add depth in time, my score could be conservative.   Allen Meadows