"Les Grèves" 1er cru de Beaune 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

-This is also distinctly floral but with much more deeply pitched fruit aromas that are
earthier as well and this emphasis on earth continues onto the supple, forward and round flavors that manage to retain a fine sense of detail and tension on the serious, long, austere and firm finish. This is very Grèves and will require at least a decade to be at its best. 90/2018+

-Bright medium red. Slightly medicinal aromas of smoke and crushed stone. Juicy, dry and classic, with a strong impression of calcaire energy giving lift to the middle palate. Both savory and sweet, and long and floral on the brisk aftertaste. Stephen TANZER

-The 2008 Beaune Grèves possesses gorgeous inner perfume, silky tannins and gorgeous harmony. Today it is tightly coiled and inward, yet it holds tons of promise for the future. The Grèves was made with 2/3rds whole clusters. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023. Rating: 91 - Drink 2015 – 2023 Review by Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate # 194 (May 2011)