2008 In one word ? simply « Great »
The newspapers do not describe 2008 as a great vintage in Burgundy. Yet white wines are superb. In our young wine growers’ life, it may well be the best vintage we have vinified so far.
Back to context. After a relatively mild winter, the months of May and June were particularly rainy. Soils were soaked to the point getting to the vines for treatment was difficult, even with a light-weight caterpillar tractor. Mildew is, of course, the risk most generally dreaded by wine growers and that eventually affects inflorescence more or less deeply. Our vines « resist ». We reached the end of July tired but happy to have kept magnificent healthy grapes. The vines were beautiful.
Shhhhhhh, Bawwwwww ! yes it was a wall of hail that one could hear coming from the west as a terrible storm hit on August 7th. The deluge of ice resounded like the din of an infuriated ocean. The work of 10 minutes : 35 to 50% of our Vinzelles grapes were destroyed and up to 90% on our vines at Leynes (less than 2 miles further south). The berries were hit by impacts but the leafs were just partially injured which allowed the grapes to finish their maturation.
After such a rainy spring and summer, September was dry and sunny. We started picking on September 26th and finished on October 7th. The vines at la Soufrandière endured belated maturity because of the traumatic hail storm and the grapes were, therefore, late picked on October 4th and 5th. This, again, was a vintage salvaged by three consecutive weeks with North wind.
The wines are simply Great, well-balanced, loaded with personnality : minerality, fruit, length, acidity : they have it all.
Happy Wines ;-)