The 2008 Vaucrains was showing as well as any wine in the cellar on this trip. The bouquet is simply beautiful, as it offers up scents of red berries, cherries, blood orange, great, stony soil tones, a touch of vinesmoke and the faintest whisper of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and strikingly pure and transparent, with a rock solid core of red fruit, great nervosité, impeccable focus and a very long, ripely tannic and tangy finish. A superb Vaucrains.
The Chevillon 2008 Nuits-St.-Georges Les Vaucrains projects an amazing sense of deep, dark concentration. Latakia tobacco; peat; rushed stone; roasted red meats; soy; and ripe, fresh blackberry inform the nose and absolutely stain the palate. The tannins here are as ultra-fine as they are formidable, and the tug on my salivary glands as relentless as are the finishing flavors. If this doesn’t leave you reaching for a napkin or your lips fluttering, probably no wine will. The energy and salinity here render a wine that you feel as if you must strain through your teeth nonetheless fleet-of-foot, enticing, and invigorating. (DS)
Ripe, elegant and dense aromas of blue and black pinot fruit plus floral nuances and one can smell the concentration of the rich, thick, mouth coating and impressively scaled flavors that stain the palate with chewy Pinot extract and culminates in a textured, structured and superbly long finish that should be capable of extended aging. Magnificent. *Sweet Spot, Outstanding*
Deep, bright ruby-red. Black raspberry and chocolate aromas are complemented by sweet oak. Less refined than the Saint-Georges or Cailles but solidly built and quite powerful, with a youthfully medicinal character to the blast of dark fruit flavors. Extremely primary and impressively long. This may need the most patience of this excellent set of 2008s. (ST)
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