"Le Cailleret" 1er Cru de Puligny-Montrachet 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 May) Pale yellow. Perfumed aromas of yellow peach and vanilla. Rich, chewy and suave, with lovely lift and perfume to its stone fruit and crushed stone flavors. Wonderfully tactile and penetrating wine with noteworthy purity for 2008. Finishes with explosive mineral persistence. Alix de Montille told me the family is now picking these vines earlier than previously. 93 - Stephen TANZER

- A hint of reduction knocks down the expressiveness of the nose somewhat though it cannot completely hide the pretty green fruit and white flower aromas. An almost invisible touch of wood highlights the restrained, racy and admirably pure middle weight flavors that possess a cuts-like-a-knife precision on the lemony and intensely mineral-inflected finish. Lovely and I quite like this though note that some may find it a bit too austere at this early stage.   Allen Meadows