Eric's Rully Preaux premier cru Label
This is the last of the very fine 2008 Suremain Red Burdgundy from Rully. It is a small production and this morning there is only 4 cases remaaing.
of you already know that Eric de Suremain has
got a talent for making wine that far
out-strips its appellation.
"...the average 2008 will make for really lovely medium-term drinking though there will also be a few long distance runners.
" The best '08s are fresh, intense, bright, vibrant and very terroir- driven - in short it's a classic Burgundian vintage. And as I noted in my vintage analysis last year, it is on the whole more interesting than either 2007 or 2006. And in a few cases, the wines are truly brilliant so don't overlook them.." -Allen Meadows, Burghound, on the 2008 red Burgundies.
Every time I have a shimmering glass of
Suremain's Rully, I wonder why everybody is
not incurably attached to French Pinot Noir.
"Why, there's nothing quite like it," I say to
myself as the swirl of berries fills my
mouth. I've tasted it from every country in
world, but Burgundy's is still the most
exquisite expression of the grape type.
The flavors seem embedded in every molecule
and they skip across my taste buds scattering
black cherry, raspberry, minty, leathery,
chocolaty fairy dust along the way. A
"I love the best 2008s; they are my kind of Burgundies. ...The best wines of the vintage are pure, racy, perfumed midweights that accurately showcase their terroir in all its fruity, spicy, floral, mineral glory and deliver classic Burgundy intensity without weight. While very few wines are truly full-bodied, many are densely packed and rich in extract. ." -Stephan Tanzer IWC,
You already know my Burgundy philosophy:
find the passionate, talented growers in
lesser-known appellations that will deliver
all the Pinot Noir character without the big
price tag. Sure, invest in a few bottles
of the hallowed ones, but keep the Rully on
hand by the case to drink as often as you
like. Rully is a Chalonnaise wine which is
part of Burgundy, just south of the more
Eric de Suremain took his vineyards
biodynamic in 1996. He was way ahead of his
time, still is. Eric de Suremain does not
embrace every little technological miracle
that comes along. He still believes in
getting up close and personal with his grapes
by practicing pigeage -- good
old-fashioned foot-stomping. His yields are
very low. His vines are old. He is restrained
when it comes to new wood. Eric's wines
remain in barrel for as long as two years.
His wines are long-lived and will drink well
up to ten years or more.
His philosophy about winemaking sounds simple,
but is really profound: "there are no
petites annees, it is just the balance
counts." This means that he is a flexible
winemaker who adjusts for the variables in
every vintage. He doesn't try to match the
juice to his winemaking, he matches his
winemaking to the juice and it is that skillful
balancing act that makes a wine seem like a
seamless wave of pure, expressive ripe, Pinot flavor. Cynthia
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