Volnay 1er cru "Les Mitans" 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% vendange entier Good medium red. Aromas of black fruits, violet, rose petal, fresh herbs and pepper. Ripe, dense and sweet, with more mid-palate depth to support its broad, dusty tannins than the Champans. By Stephen TANZER
-A spicy, pure elegant and restrained nose of red berry fruit, dried rose petal and discreet spice hints precedes very supple and refined flavors that possess exquisite detail on the moderately austere, focused and energetic finish. A lovely and understated effort that is very Mitans. Tasted: Apr 18, 2010 Score: 91 Drink: 2018+ Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding
Allen MEADOWS' – BURGHOUND
-The 2008 Volnay Mitans opens with an explosive, captivating bouquet. It bursts from the glass with marvelous vitality and energy in its fruit, showing tons of clarity and terrific overall balance. The Mitans was made with 100% whole clusters. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028. Rating: 93 - Drink 2018 - 2028
Review by Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate # 194 (May 2011)