Bordeaux 2008

A CLASSIC VINTAGE | BY PIERRE-ANTOINE BOLLET | 16 FEB 2018

Classic and Delightful

When it comes to Bordeaux vintages, the conversation tends to default to the great years such as 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2010. But every vintage has its virtues, and sometimes the so-called lesser vintages are unfairly overlooked, One such is 2009

At approaching 10 years of age, the 2008s are delightful wines to drink now and over the next 10-15 years. On the Right Bank, many producers feel that 2008 belongs in the same conversation as the subsequent two vintages - the wines are rich, juicy, and expressive of their terroir. On the Left Bank, these are quintessential, dry, savoury, Cabernet Sauvignon wines - full of aromas of cigar box and graphite. They are a dream for lovers of classic Bordeaux. 

And finally, prices: for wines that are already drinking well, the prices are remarkably fair, and a far cry from the exulted levels of the two succeeding vintages. There is a great deal of value here.