Fine Wine Tasting: Bordeaux 2008 Ten Years On Brighton
2008: Ten Years On - A Decade in Bottle
Join us for a fascinating Bordeaux fine wine tasting as we taste a range of wines from the 2008 '10 years on'.
Here is what Sarah Abbott MW makes of the vintage:
"2008 remains an underestimated vintage in terms of its quality, the limelight hogged by bolder, sunnier 2005, 2009 and 2010. The greatness, and frustration, of classic French wines has always been predicated on the knife-edge of a marginal climate. Like 2007, 2008 was a late harvest in a year when a damp, grey summer was rescued by a golden autumn. Unlike 2007, 2008 was a year of tiny yields, and a long, slow growth cycle. This is what has made this vintage a success. Vine metabolism is the key: these grapes were composed by that long, slow struggle, and it shows, in many wines, beautifully.
The best Bordeaux 2008s have lively freshness, resistant but supple tannin, and pristine, nuanced fruit. They have more energy and intensity than in 2007. They don’t have the flesh or density of 2009 and 2010, but they have space to move. In the less successful, spiky acidity and dehydrating tannin make for rather joyless drinking. (Unlike 2009, this is not a vintage to fill your boots with basic Bordeaux.)
Best performing left-bank communes are Saint Julien (fragrant and fine-grained), Graves and Pessac-Léognan (sweetly juicy and supple), and Pauillac (tightly layered and darkly fruited.) Margaux is always the budgie of the Left Bank: the struggle of a vintage shows first in more of her wines. It is more variable in 2008, but the successful Margaux are scented and silkily generous.
The Right Bank is more consistent than Margaux, with lovely fruit and fine density. Pomerol is round and juicy, but not facile. It puts up just enough of a fight. The best wines of Saint Emilion are mineral, savoury and medium weight. Some properties picked really late here, and in a few wines the tannins were aggressively dry."
Wines on Tasting - the Horizontal (all 2008):
The line up is still being worked on but you can expect to taste good quality wines at £30-£70 a bottle from Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Margaux, Pessac-Leognan, Saint Emilion and Pomerol.
There will be eight wines in total to taste.
This is a tutored tasting with a digital presentation, tasting notes, tasting sheet, professional ISO tasting glasses and some food nibbles.
Places remaining: 3
Course Date/Time: Tue 12th Jun 2018 at 7pm - 9pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Hotel du Vin, 2 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD