Domaine Jean-Marc Millot (Nuits St. Georges)

2008 Bourgogne red (82-85)

2008 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru red (89-92)

2008 Côte de Nuits-Villages “Clos des Faulques” red (85-87)

2008 Echézeaux Grand Cru red (89-92)

2008 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru red (90-92)

2008 Savigny-lès-Beaune red (84-87)

2008 Vosne-Romanée red (87-89)

2008 Vosne-Romanée “Suchots” 1er red (88-91)

2007 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru red 92

2007 Vosne-Romanée “Suchots” 1er red 89

The self-effacing Jean-Marc Millot told me that 2008 was a “very challenging vintage. The growing season was mediocre and

there was a lot of rot and if it hadn’t been for a near perfect September, it would have clearly been a disaster as nothing would

have been ripe, or if it was, it would have been rotten. We began picking on the 22nd of September and the sorting required

was frankly incredible. The fruit that we kept however was definitely ripe with very good sugars that ranged between 12.5 to

13%. I did a 12 to 15 day cuvaison and vinified quite gently. 2008 is a pretty vintage where the wines resemble the 2007s.”

(New Castle Imports,, Myrtle Beach, SC, Scott Paul Wines,, Portland, OR;

Michael Stephens/Vins Divins,, Beaune, France).

2008 Bourgogne: A mildly reduced nose blocks the fruit and leads to rustic and fairly skinny flavors that actually possess

reasonably good character but the finish is edgy and tangy. We’ll see if it rounds out. (82-85)/2012+

2008 Savigny-lès-Beaune: A nose full of Savigny-style earth and both red and blue pinot fruit merges into round and nicely

intense flavors that possess a moderately angular and tangy finish. This too needs additional time. (84-87)/2013+

2008 Côte de Nuits-Villages “Clos des Faulques”: (a 1.8 ha monopole in Comblanchien). This also sports an intensely

soil-inflected nose with ripe and very fresh aromas that speak of violets, plum and cassis that give way to nicely detailed and

precise barely middle weight flavors that also culminate in a mildly edgy finish. (85-87)/2013+

2008 Vosne-Romanée: (from Hautes Maizières and Les Violettes). A notably riper nose features spice-infused aromas of

violets and red pinot fruit trimmed in subtle earth notes that can also be found on the mineral-inflected middle weight flavors

that possess a beguiling mouth feel and better than average length for a villages-level wine. (87-89)/2014+

2008 Vosne-Romanée “Suchots”: (from a .29 ha parcel raised in 25% new wood). A nose of black cherry, cassis and anise

nuances are surrounded by pain grillé hints that introduce equally spicy, pure and seductively textured flavors that possess

good vibrancy on the racy and ever-so-mildly austere finish. A classic Vosne in character. (88-91)/2014+

2008 Echézeaux: (a 1.05 ha total from parcels in Echézeaux du Dessus, Poulaillères and Clos St. Denis measuring .69, .20

and .16 ha, respectively). Moderate reduction prevents an evaluation of the nose but the concentrated, rich and serious

medium weight flavors are delicious and solidly complex, all wrapped a lingering finish that coats the mouth. This is lovely and

avoids any sense of rusticity. (89-92)/2015+

2008 Clos de Vougeot: (from a .38 ha parcel in Grand Maupertuis). A noticeable if discreet touch of wood frames more

deeply pitched and slightly riper aromas of red and blue berry fruit that complement well the rich, full and round flavors that

possess an attractive mouth feel on the precise, intense and persistent finish where the usual youthful austerity of Clos de

Vougeot surfaces. (89-92)/2016+

2008 Grands Echézeaux: (from a .2 ha parcel immediately below Poulaillères in Echézeaux). Here the wood treatment is

almost invisible as the highly spiced and wonderfully fresh red currant, earth and underbrush aromas are allowed to shine as

are the equally fresh, vibrant, intense and precise medium weight flavors that display a subtle hint of minerality and culminate

in a somewhat dry finish which is probably due to the considerable gas. Benefit of the doubt offered. (90-92)/2016+ 13 3 January 2010

The following ‘07s were bottled in February, 2009.

2007 Vosne-Romanée “Suchots”: (from a .29 ha parcel raised in 25% new wood). An elegant and attractively perfumed

mix of violets and blue fruit aromas that possesses plenty of natural spice elements gives way to supple, round and pure

medium-bodied flavors that are textured and quite forward, all wrapped in a balanced, delicious, sappy and vibrant finish.

Lovely if not profound and this would probably be best enjoyed for its fruit and drunk young. 89/2012+

2007 Grands Echézeaux: (from a .2 ha parcel immediately below Poulaillères in Echézeaux). A background hint of wood

highlights the spicy and layered earthy plum and dark cherry fruit aromas that dissolve into delicious, powerful and supple

flavors that remain impressively focused while delivering excellent finishing length and complexity. This is by no means a

blockbuster of a Grands Ech but it’s very pure, stylish and classy and will be approachable on the early side, at least by the

standards of one of Burgundy’s longest lived grands crus. 92/2014+