Corton Clos du Roi - 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 Medium red. Pungent aromas of raspberry, minerals and crushed stone. Suave on entry, then juicy and imploded in the middle, with impressive energy and mineral lift to the red berry, spice and pepper flavors. This boasts excellent clarity and finesse, and finishes with a light touch. 90
Stephen TANZER

- A gentle application of oak does not interfere with the pretty and impressively layered nose of primarily red berries, underbrush and a hint of animale that can also be found on the supple, round and delicious medium full flavors that display an accessible mid-palate before tightening up considerably on the strikingly long, linear and austere finish. This is a powerful wine of proportion that will need plenty of cellar time.
Allen Meadows