Wow – almost instant disappointment when I expected this to be easily the best of the two wines! There was some rearguard-action which might eventually save the day, but faced with a choice I’d definitely plump for the 2007 today! But back to the wine – at JC Boisset this somehow transitioned from Mommessin to their marque ‘Jaffelin’ between the 07 and 08 vintages – the name is slightly updated to ‘Sur les Grèves’ too.
2008 Jaffelin, Beaune 1er Sur Les Grèves – Clos St.Anne
Medium-colour. Instantly the nose is overwhelmed by toasty oak – you have no other pointers – I left the wine in the glass for 20 minutes before returning. On my return the oak is a bit more manageable, finally there are some high tones that might one day aspire to something more perfumed and at least a suggestion of fruit below – even a kind of iodine note found on older whites. Likewise the first taste was sweet oak-water – perhaps pinot but nothing to indicate Burgundy. The texture is very smooth – certainly executive tannins – good balance, indeed the sweet oak gives the impression that the acidity is rather low – in a 2008!
I eventually warmed a little to the nose and even a little more to the flavours where there is both depth and a certain density, but on day 1, frankly I find – n o t h i n g – to indicate Burgundy! Shame, but hold your breath; I’ll leave it for day 2, meanwhile I’ll take a glass of Bourgogne Blanc…
Day two and the oak-toast on the nose is reduced to a little ash against high-toned, almost floral notes. Fills the mouth, still with plenty of volume and sweetness but there seems a heartbeat of energy from the acidity this time. Quite drinkable and I would say quite tasty on day two. Beaune? – I can’t say – I’d anyway buy the 07 in preference.
Rebuy – No