2008 Chateau De Chorey Tante Berthe Beaune
"Mild reduction and obvious, but not intrusive, wood presently dominates the nose but the rich, serious and mouth coating flavors possess ample underlying material, in particular excellent dry extract levels that confer a velvety mouth feel and relegate the firm tannins to the background, at least for the time being as I would expect the structure to become much more apparent after a few years in bottle. This should be terrific in time and this could even surprise to the upside as the mid-palate concentration is really quite impressive."
"The 2008 Tante Berthe was raised in one hundred percent new oak, as it is every year, but in five hundred liter barrels, rather than the standard 225 liter casks of Burgundy. The wine is really very pretty in the more oaky and modern style that it shows each year, as it offers up a complex nose of cherries, red plums, cocoa powder, woodsmoke and a fairly gentle framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full, long and sappy, with fine focus and with the new wood beautifully integrated on the long finish. The new wood here obviously obscures some of the soil flavors, but it is Monsieur Germainâ€™s most popular wine by a very wide margin, so someone must really like the style. I would much rather have the Beaune 'aux Cras' than the Tante Berthe in my own cellar, but this is certainly a very well-made wine in its style. 2012-2030." -92 Points - John Gilman - View from the Cellar