Red Burgundy, 2008

2008 was a tricky, low-yielding red Burgundy vintage of varied quality, the best wines (the 1ers crus) displaying great ripe fruit purity and acidity, yet lacking depth. The key, as ever with Burgundy, is knowing your producers.

A cool, wet spring and early summer resulted in uneven budburst, poor flowering and erratic fruit set. A promising start to July was marred by huge hailstorms at the end of the month, which caused the greatest damage in Volnay, Pommard, Savigny-les-Beaune and Marsannay (localised damage but up to 70% of the crop lost in places). More hail in August reduced yields in Beaujolais. 

Like white Burgundy, the weather finally warmed in mid-September and drying northerly winds concentrated berries, and picking got fully underway under ideal conditions in the latter half of September. 

Chambolle-Musigny 1ers crus are amongst the vintage highlights, being lively and well-structured, while Nuits-Saint-Georges show good minerality and super smooth tannins, and Gevry-Chambertin is elegantly structured, spicy with good fruit weight. Pommard shows good consistency, and the Volnay 1er crus are nicely concentrated.

Red Burgundy, 2008

2008 was a tricky, low-yielding red Burgundy vintage of varied quality, the best wines (the 1ers crus) displaying great ripe fruit purity and acidity, yet lacking depth. The key, as ever with Burgundy, is knowing your producers.

A cool, wet spring and early summer resulted in uneven budburst, poor flowering and erratic fruit set. A promising start to July was marred by huge hailstorms at the end of the month, which caused the greatest damage in Volnay, Pommard, Savigny-les-Beaune and Marsannay (localised damage but up to 70% of the crop lost in places). More hail in August reduced yields in Beaujolais. 

Like white Burgundy, the weather finally warmed in mid-September and drying northerly winds concentrated berries, and picking got fully underway under ideal conditions in the latter half of September. 

Chambolle-Musigny 1ers crus are amongst the vintage highlights, being lively and well-structured, while Nuits-Saint-Georges show good minerality and super smooth tannins, and Gevry-Chambertin is elegantly structured, spicy with good fruit weight. Pommard shows good consistency, and the Volnay 1er crus are nicely concentrated.

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