Value and Quality: 2008 Bordeaux

Nick Jackson, MW Consultant | September 25, 2021

Classic and Satisfying

2008 is one of those rarely discussed, value vintages that Bordeaux throws up each decade. It is always overshadowed by 2009 and 2010, and while lacking the concentration or exuberance of those remarkable years, 2008 is a classic Bordeaux vintage in all the most satisfying ways: mid weight, fresh and aromatic with plenty of fruit and structure for ageing. The wines are just now beginning to drink well after a decant.

2008 is a year in which the Merlot did particularly well, elevating properties on the Right Bank (such as the well priced Figeac, or the brilliant Lafleur), those in Pessac-Léognan (e.g. the gorgeous Haut Bailly) and those further south in the Médoc, as merely a sniff of Chateau Margaux 2008 will reveal. Talking of First Growths, Mouton, the well priced Latour, and Lafite all produced characteristically outstanding wines: buy with confidence.