Médoc and Graves, 2008

2008 was a good to very good Bordeaux vintage on the left bank. Despite a tricky start to the growing season, a warm autumn produced richer, more concentrated wines than was expected. A classic year.

As a result, the later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon fared better than Merlot, and the high Cabernet Sauvignon blends of Pauillac and Saint-Julien set the standard: densely ripe, vibrant, powerful and fragrant, with a fleshy firmness and powerful tannins.

A wet spring with a late frost caused uneven flowering and poor berry set, with some hail in July adding to producers' woes. A warm, sunny latter part of July provided some relief (and green harvesting), but August saw damp, cool conditions once again. Mercifully, the vintage was saved by a warm autumn and the sun shone from mid-September to mid-October when warm Atlantic breezes helped ripening and kept the grapes healthy.

It was a very good year for dry whites – a low yield of typically fresh, floral and citrussy whites with crisp acidity. 2008 was a tough year in Sauternes where the hard frost, hail and mildew-inducing rain reduced quality and yields drastically.

Médoc and Graves, 2008

2008 was a good to very good Bordeaux vintage on the left bank. Despite a tricky start to the growing season, a warm autumn produced richer, more concentrated wines than was expected. A classic year.

As a result, the later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon fared better than Merlot, and the high Cabernet Sauvignon blends of Pauillac and Saint-Julien set the standard: densely ripe, vibrant, powerful and fragrant, with a fleshy firmness and powerful tannins.

A wet spring with a late frost caused uneven flowering and poor berry set, with some hail in July adding to producers' woes. A warm, sunny latter part of July provided some relief (and green harvesting), but August saw damp, cool conditions once again. Mercifully, the vintage was saved by a warm autumn and the sun shone from mid-September to mid-October when warm Atlantic breezes helped ripening and kept the grapes healthy.

It was a very good year for dry whites – a low yield of typically fresh, floral and citrussy whites with crisp acidity. 2008 was a tough year in Sauternes where the hard frost, hail and mildew-inducing rain reduced quality and yields drastically.

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  1. New Château Ferrière, 2008

    Château Ferrière, 2008

    Margaux, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2022
    Reviewer Rating: 89 - Wine Spectator

    "This is almost sleek for the vintage, with dark plum, currant and cocoa notes that show a racy edge, as graphite and iron flash underneath. There's persistent fruit and well-rounded flesh on the finish." Wine Spectator

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