Chateauneuf du Pape Vintage Report
It is fair to say that 2008 was a challenging vintage with excessive rain over the summer being the main cause for concern. The vignerons that focused their efforts in the vineyards during the summer months have been rewarded with the best, ripest fruit at harvest time. It also took courage to leave the grapes to ripen on the vines when the sun did finally come in September. It was clear too that a strict selection process had to be implemented to avoid unripe grapes entering the wine press, so this is a much smaller vintage than previous years. For example, Stephane has produced 40% less than in 2007.
The growing conditions have produced wines that are fresh on the palate, with supple red-berry fruit, almost burgundian-like-character and will certainly be approachable from an early age. This is a vintage to drink and enjoy when young, giving time for the 2007's (and in due course 2009's) to mature for longer. That said, I didn't think his Cote Capelan 2008 was that far off the 2007 in quality, but it is very different in style.
The 2008's from La Ferme du Mont are due to be released for shipment in October 2010. As such the wines are being offered In Bond En Primeur, which is what you pay now and duty and VAT will be invoiced separately and is payable upon delivery.
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