"Aux Malconsorts" 1er cru de Vosne Romanée 2008
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.
- 100% whole clusters; from vines averaging 50 years of age) Good deep red. Wonderful nuance and finesse to the aromas of raspberry, smoke, pepper and crushed stone. Pure, silky wine with compelling inner-mouth perfume of raspberry, tangy Oriental spices and subtle underbrush. Finishes juicy and extremely long, with wonderfully broad, fine tannins. 92
By Stephen TANZER
- A spicy, pure and intensely floral nose that is elegant, refined and airy gives way to equally refined and extremely intense medium weight plus flavors that possess ample amounts of dry extract that buffers the firm tannins on the austere, serious and impressively persistent finish. I very much like the precision and sense of verve here - note however that patience will be required. Allen Meadows