Notes on the 2008 Growing Season

The 2008 vintage started off brilliantly with a dry spring and bud break in late March to early April.  Frost and cool fog during bloom kept yields low and formed “millerandage” (a phenomenon when seeds fail to develop which reduces yields; but, these small berries contain very rich concentrated juice).  Old-timers in Burgundy talk about millerandage as a sign of great vintages.  The season progressed quickly with warm weather through July and August encouraging rapid veraison (color change).  Harvest started early and we picked aggressively in early September due to the heat wave.  Fog and cooler weather returned in mid-September to the relief of the winegrowing team and we were able to pick many blocks at optimum ripeness. The 2008 wines are elegant and complex with bright fruit that will continue to develop over the next 5-8 years.