2008 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Jayer-Gilles

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Average critic rating : 88.5 points



Kirsch, resin, and holly berry pungently and penetratingly scent the Jayer-Gilles 2008 Hautes Cotes de Beaune, with a saliva-inducingly saline and carnal suffusion that reminds me of smoked meat stock allied to bright red fruits on a firm palate. This finishes with infectious exuberance and almost lemony brightness (and no thought of “wood”!). Such a wine could only have come from 2008, I think, and given its performance, I’m not surprised that Gilles Jayer reversed his normal order and showed me the corresponding Hautes-Cotes de Nuits first. Look for 8-10 years of high-performance from this bundle of energy. ||Gilles Jayer did not commence harvesting is 2008 Pinots until October 1, with his Echezeaux. (In 2007, he began August 31.) With the exception of a few top parcels, he notes, triage had to be more severe in 2007 (just as in 2006) than it was in 2008, when he estimates that only 3-5% of what arrived in the press house was rejected. These 2008s evolved very slowly, in many instances retaining gaseous memoirs of their malo-lactic fermentations through the winter of 2009-2010, and not only were none of them bottled until after I last tasted them, but the Cotes de Nuits-Villages was simply not ready to be assessed. Wine Advocate.June, 2010


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