St Emilion/Pomerol - 2008
This is a vintage that has taken everyone by surprise. August in Bordeaux was cool, wet and decidedly unpromising. July had been dry and sunny. But it was the lovely weather during the harvest, from mid-September and throughout October that turned the vintage into what was for many Right Bank producers a triumph.
All the major successes picked much later than usual, and this exceptionally long growing season, enabling the fruit to achieve complete ripeness, finesse and complexity of flavour, is what has given the vintage its character. Saint Emilion performed very well with several outstanding wines, while Pomerol excelled in 2008. Many of the finest wines will benefit from a full decade of keeping before they reach their best.
Sebastian Payne MW