Pommard 1er cru "Les Pézerolles" 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

- (70% vendange entire) Medium red. Good floral, spicy lift to the redcurrant and smoke flavors. Delicate and nicely delineated, but with the sweetness of this set of wines. Redcurrant fruit is lifted by a peppery nuance. Finishes sweet and pliant, with supple tannins. Well-judged gentle vinification here. By Stephen TANZER

-A restrained, indeed almost reluctant nose of red currant, plum, earth and violets is very much inkeeping with the minerally, detailed and beautifully precise medium-bodied flavors that possess a highly appealing mouth feel on the linear, austere and serious finish. Again, a lovely and understated effort. Allen Meadows