Domaine du Comte Liger Belair   Vosne Romanee la Colombiere

2008 Vosne Romanee la Colombiere

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

2008 Vosne-Romanée La Colombière from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

The 2008 vintage within the pantheon of Burgundian excellence holds a unique position, and the 2008 Vosne-Romanée La Colombière from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair stands as a true testament to the year's idiosyncratic climate and the producer's deft touch. This exceptional offering from one of Vosne-Romanée's most illustrious estates reveals how vintage variation, under the maestro of an adept vigneron, can lead to profound outcomes.


Artistry Amidst Adversity: The 2008 Vintage Challenges

The year was marked by early optimism, quelled by inclement weather during the growing season. Yet, it was precisely these capricious conditions that carved out a vintage of heightened aromatic complexity. In particular, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair's low-yield strategy and scrupulous berry selection for their 2008 Vosne-Romanée La Colombière ensured that only the finest grapes contributed to this splendid cuvée.


A Study in Contrast and Concentration

In contrast to the more opulent vintages that preceded it, 2008 offered a leaner profile with an intense focus on terroir-driven finesse. The 2008 Vosne-Romanée La Colombière is no exception, showcasing a tapestry of red and dark fruits interwoven with subtle earthy undertones and a hint of spice—the hallmark of Vosne-Romanée's inimitable style. Its structural tannins speak to the wine’s potential for long-term ageing, thus offering a wonderful proposition for sophisticated fine wine investors.

The palate of this arresting wine carries the narrative further with an eloquent balance between power and poise. The cooler vintage conditions bestow upon this wine a vibrant acidity, which ensures that each sip remains tantalisingly fresh while maintaining an underlying warmth that is undeniably appealing.


Investment Worthy: A Curator's Vintage

For connoisseurs considering investment opportunities, the 2008 Vosne-Romanée La Colombière merits attention due to its robust ageing potential and its distinctive expression of a challenging year. As time unveils further nuances lodged within this enigmatic vintage, collectors will find reward in both the journey and the eventual exploration of its maturation.

In summation, the 2008 Vosne-Romanée La Colombière from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is a compelling narrative in bottle form—a chronicle of a year that tested the mettle of Burgundy's vines and vintners alike, distilled into an expression that captures both the challenge and charm bestowed by such adversity. An astute addition to any investment portfolio, this vintage will continue to unfold its intricate tales for years to come.

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The 2008 Vosne-Romanee La Colombiere comes across as a touch rustic. Sweet scents of tobacco, forest floor and autumn leaves are some of the nuances that emerge from this mid-weight Burgundy. The tannins dry out quite a bit on the finish, detracting from the wine’s overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. Importer: Grand Cru Selections, New York, NY; tel. (212) 974-2500

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011

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