In the Shadow of La Tache: 2008 Dujac Malconsorts

Posted by Ian McFadden

In the Shadow of La Tache
2008 Dujac Vosne-Romanée
1er Cru Malconsorts

Malconsorts is one of the blessed 1er Crus. It borders La Tache, and at its best, can nip at the heels of many Grand Crus.

When we're talking about Dujac in 08, we're certainly talking about the heights that this overachieving 1er Cru can reach.

Dujac is one of Burgundy's hallowed elites - the 2008 collection is certainly one of the best of the vintage. There's no real debate there.

Jeremy and Jacques Seysses liken the 2008s to their 1993s - which are now legendary.

My tasting of the 08s at Dujac in 2010 was stunning and time has only deepened my regard for this important vintage at Dujac.

One of the highlights of the tasting was their Malconsorts. Dujac's Malconsorts is hard to find in quantity - there are just 2 or 3 places in the U.S. with the wine. Finally after a long search, I was able to secure a well-priced parcel.

I'm happy to offer Dujac's 2008 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts for $219.95 a bottle.

The 2008 vintage will be remembered for both its terroir-laden purity and as the vintage before Burgundy pricing crossed another threshold. Dujac's 2009 Malconsorts goes for anywhere from $280-$400 and the 2010 goes for $280-$350.Given Dujac's huge success in 08, the relative value is really impressive.

For me, Dujac's signature is the way that the wines attack all five senses with a grace and sensuality. This is something that only the great producers achieve. The wines are ruthlessly intense and yet, ethereal and intoxicatingly perfumed.

As I mentioned above, Malconsorts is located right next to one of the greatest sites in all of winedom, La Tache. And Malconsorts shares a good deal of La Tache's characteristics - namely, complex richness combined with a weightless, finessed palate presence. There is, for sure, plenty of muscle, but it's muscularity at its most refined and perfectly proportioned.

The Burghound note captures this really well: "flavors that offer up a certain opulence on the mid-palate yet the gorgeously long finish is focused and classy."

There's not much more to say. This is from a site we love and a vintage when Dujac really nailed it.

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Ian McFaddden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Burghound: "This is less fine but more powerful and a bit more complex as well with a spicy mix of both blue and black pinot fruit cut with earth and herbal notes that precede the full, rich and very serious medium weight plus flavors that offer up a certain opulence on the mid-palate yet the gorgeously long finish is focused and classy. I very much like the dry extract level as it does a good job of buffering the firm tannins."