The growing season stared off well, but the summer was cooler and more rainy than usual. Though the water was greatly needed, it did slow down ripening. Fortunately, the weather improved as harvest approached: in September and early October, warm and dry days, cool nights, and – very importantly – a good Mistral wind which blocked the onset of rot, made for an excellent harvest. We did a severe selection of grapes on the vine and blended the fruit from our Vieilles Vignes vineyard on the plateau with the fruit we kept for the Classique.Our 2008 has an expressive nose of Provencal herbs and garrigue, and substantial, crunchy, fresh black fruit with notes of licorice and blackberry. The finish is long and succulent, making the 2008 Vacqueyras Cuvee Classique perfect for current enjoyment.