Left Bank Bordeaux (Cabernet). This vintage is absolutely amazing. We pour this wine by the glass at our restaurant and our customers leave with cases from our Château Wine Store.
CLIMATE CONDITIONS IN THIS VINTAGE
Like 2007, the year 2008 saw a mild winter. January and February
were particularly clement, with very little rainfall. March, on the other
hand, was cool and wet, delaying the budding of the vines.
With springtime marked by fluctuating temperatures and
precipitation, the reduced temperatures slowed down vine growth and
flowering, which did not finish until late June. A cool spell in July and
higher-than-average temperatures in August allowed the fruit to make
up for this slow start. September saw some rainy days, but nothing to
tarnish the quality of this excellent vintage.
Notes on the winemaking process
September’s changeable conditions, and the low yields caused by warm
days and cold nights during the harvest period, combined to produce
a wine with a strong colour and vibrant fruit, with a tannic structure
worthy of a great vintage.
October 6th – October 18th
With its intense ruby-red colour, the 2008 boasts a crisp, sparkling robe.
The nose is bursting with fresh red fruit. Agitation reveals some enticing
spices, with notes of vanilla and cinnamon.
The opening is fresh and aromatic, fleshed out by fine, silky tannins.
The 2008 boasts a superb balance of flavour and a great tannic
structure. The second nose brings hints of undergrowth and a more
pronounced blend of spices.
The finish is very long, with a hint of woodiness. A very well constructed
vintage, which may surprise some people. Ready to drink now.
Decanter commended HH
Guide des Vins Gilbert & Gaillard – 2012 – 87/100
« Scarlet robe, still young. Fruity nose with prominent red berries.
Good substance on the palate, well-rounded tannins and plenty of ripe,
clear and persistent aromas. A Médoc brimming with enticing aromas,
already very agreeable. Should peak around: 2013.
Concours des Vins de Bordeaux 2012 – Silver medal
Decanter 2011 – Bronze medal
Elected “Coup de Cœur” Belgium 2014