Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru "Aux Thorey" 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% whole clusters) Medium red. Complex, slightly reduced aromas of redcurrant, smoke and crushed stone. More minerally than the Saints-Juliens, with more inner-palate energy and a fine-grained texture. Plenty of stuffing and density here. Finishes with suave tannins and a smoky nuance. By Stephen TANZER

- Here too the nose is restrained, pure and cool with high-toned yet earthy aromas of red pinot fruit and floral hints that slide gracefully into rich, round and rather supple medium-bodied flavors that possess a silky mouth feel and excellent length on the mildly tangy finish that adds lift.  Allen Meadows