The 2008 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru has great transparency on the nose: red cherries and raspberries, lovely sous-bois notes and a light touch of wild mint mixed with dried herbs. The palate is very well balanced with a more “airy” composition compared to the 2010 tasted alongside. Again, it is the transparency that really marks this out. With tangy orange peel on the precise finish, this is impressive, considering the challenges of this season. Tasted blind at the Wallace brothers’ Xmas dinner.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2040
Robert Parker 96
The 2008 Clos St. Denis emerges from the glass with layers of fruit. This is an especially round, generous wine for the vintage. The Clos St. Denis has plenty of underlying structure to support the fruit and also allow for significant aging. The finish lingers on the palate for what seems like an eternity. The qualities of the vineyard as seen through the lens of the year come through loud and clear in this profound Burgundy. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033. This is a beautiful set of wines from Dujac. The harvest started on September 10 and ended on the 17th. Jeremy Seysses told me he wanted to pick on the early side in order to preserve freshness. In a similar vein, Seysses kept the fermentations short and gentle to avoid over-extracting. I also tasted a handful of 2008s, which are beautiful wines that are true to type and site. In 2008 the estate finished its conversion to fully organic farming originally started in 2001. Dujac fans have a lot to look forward to in these two vintages. Importers: The Sorting Table, Napa, CA; tel. (415) 491-4724; Martin Scott Wines, Little Neck, NY; tel. (516) 327-0808; Chambers & Chambers, San Francisco, CA; tel. (415) 642-5500
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033