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A surprisingly high-toned nose of cranberry and raspberry trimmed in a bit of warm earth introduces very forward yet precise flavors that are quite round and supple yet deliver excellent authority and impressive depth on the balanced and lingering finish. This is not a big example or even especially muscular but it's harmonious and should age well. Tasted: Jan 30, 2010 Score: 90-93 Drink: 2018+ Issue 37 Allen Meadows; Burghound

Eric Rousseau was away the day of my visit and thus I discussed the 2008 vintage and tasted with his assistant Frédéric Robert. Robert's take on the vintage is that "we had a good flowering but things degraded shortly thereafter and August was just terrible. In fact, by the beginning of September, we were beginning to wonder if we would even have a harvest as the véraison was not even finished! After the 12th of September however, things improved markedly, especially because the north wind concentrated the grapes, dried up the rot and seemed to galvanize the maturation process. Moreover, there was excellent luminosity even if not necessarily a lot of heat. We began picking on the 25th and brought in fruit with an average potential alcohol of about 12.5%. Eric elected to do a normal vinification of around an 18 day cuvaison. The colors and extractions came easily and we were able to treat the musts very gently, which was probably a very good idea in a vintage where the ripeness levels were uneven and thus it would have been easy to extract harsh or bitter tannins.

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