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Vintage information 2008:

The reds: Brightness, focus and purity - 3 words for a vintage. 2008s are much more 'serious' wines than the friendly-faced 2007s, perhaps with peaks that may surpass those in 2006. Drink young or old - in-between only if you like acidity.
For Whites: What would happen if you made a hypothetical blend of 2006 and 2007? I would say than in many cases you would get the 2008 vintage - minerality and acidity but with good ripeness, they are very hard to resist!



2008 Vougeraie, Beaune Les GrèvesMar. 2011
Not much of this is made. I really like the authority of the nose. Dimension, tension and intensity – lovely. The flavour manages to grow even more in the mid-palate – super!
2008 Remoissenet Père et Fils, Beaune Les GrèvesOct. 2010
There’s a core of tight red fruit on the nose. This has plenty of tannin but also is underpinned by lovely fruit. Well-judged acidity too.
2008 Croix (des), Beaune Les GrèvesJul. 2010
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose shows a faint savoury edge but little else for at least an hour, swirl madly a there’s dark but tight core of fruit with faint oak seasoning. Given plenty of time (2+hours) the nose shows a little inky depth before sticking with a glossy dark red/black fruit personality, only the last drops have a pure redcurrant essence. The palate starts just a little tart, but within 30 minutes it’s opened a little addng both texture and sweetness of fruit – from the start it is intense but it’s a linear intensity. For the life of the bottle it never quite fulfils it’s potential – the acidity remains just-about in balance (sorbet-like), and despite its intensity the wine offers only a very linear experience – even on day two. Everything seems in place, but I don’t know how long we might have to wait to see a ‘wow’.
2008 Prieur Jacques, Beaune Les GrèvesJul. 2010
Dark colour. The fruit aromas are not too sweet and have a menthol accent. The ripe, sweet fruit is well buffered by the acidity. Some power and intensity is evident here.
2008 Drouhin Joseph, Beaune Les GrèvesJul. 2010
A nice, bright medium colour. Understated but very fine and precise fruit aromas. Fresh, wide, intense and complex. Very faint hints of vanilla. Wow – lovely wine – super.
2008 Prieur Jacques, Beaune Les GrèvesApr. 2010
Dark, less sweet aromas, perhaps a faint menthol in the background. Ripe, sweet fruit flavours that offer a perfect buffer to the acidity. Certainly some power and intensity here. Quite a big Beaune.
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