Domaine Sylvain CATHIARD (Vosne-Romanée) -- 2015 Tasted from Barrel

Sébastien Cathiard said that he began harvest in 2015 on 12 September. Harvest lasted three days, and he said that he experienced no sanitary problems with the grapes. All grapes were destemmed. The wines are 12.5-13.5º alcohol with very little chaptalization.  New oak is 50% for villages wines, 55-67% for premier crus and the grand cru. Sébastien always does a mixture of remontage (pumping over) and pigeage (punching down); in 2015, he did a bit more pigeage than in 2014. Macerations lasted 24-27 days. Malolactic fermentations were late: En Orveaux was the first to finish, in April 2016, and when I visited in November, there were still some barrels of Malconsorts going.

2015 Bourgogne   Pinot Noir
This is regularly is one of the best Bourgogne rouge that I know, and 2015 is no exception. From barrels that have seen one previous vintage, this wine has a nose that is pure and spicy with focused dark fruit. The mouth is silky in texture and long in its dark berry fruit There’s purity here and lightness on the palate. (89-92)

2015 Vosne-Romanée
The malolactic fermentation for the Vosne only finished in October 2016. There’s some toast in the nose that still needs to integrate. On the palate, the wine has lightness and finesse, indeed almost laciness, with crushed dark berry fruit. (89-92)

2015 Nuits-Saint-Georges
Here the wine only finished its malolactic fermentation in September. The nose has spicy dark fruit. The mouth is silky with crushed blackberry fruit, smooth tannins, and medium-light weight. (89-93)

2015 Chambolle-Musigny    Clos de l’Orme
The best of the Cathiard village wines on this day, the Clos de l’Orme is quite mineral in its nose. The mouth is smooth and medium-weight wine mineral dark fruits, finesse, and length. (90-94)

2015 Nuits-Saint-Georges    1er Cru    Aux Thorey
Here we have more structure than in the preceding wines with good concentration and density, intense dark fruits, and more tannin. In short, more of a vin de garde. (91-94)

2015 Nuits-Saint-Georges     1er Cru   Aux Murgers
On the Vosne slope of Nuits, as is the Thorey above, but closer to Vosne, the Murgers is round, ample, and deep with some minerality to its dark fruits — one clearly sees more of a Vosne influence in this wine with its sensuality. Good freshness, too. (92-96)

2015 Vosne-Romanée     1er Cru    Aux Raignots
Cathiard’s vines are for the most part directly above those of Grivot and Arnoux-Lachaux (where they spell the vineyard name "Reignots"). The vines were replanted about twenty years ago and are not beginning to enter a mature phase — and as a result, this is potentially the best Raignots I’ve experienced at this estate. The nose is fine and stony with lime blossoms and also some red cherry pit fruit. The mouth is dense and concentrated but also airy with red and dark fruit, purity, precision, and a smooth texture. (93-96)

2015 Vosne-Romanée     1er Cru   En Orveaux
The En Orveaux is smooth and silky with red and dark fruits that are long. The wine is airy and more mineral than the Raignots. (91-94)

2015 Vosne-Romanée     1er Cru    Les Suchots
Cathiard’s Suchots is deep, pure and dark in its fruit aromas. The mouth shows more body than the preceding wines and also great depth. The fruit is dark and there’s some tannin although the texture is silky. Medium-weight. (92-95)

2015 Vosne-Romanée    1er Cru    Aux Malconsorts
With the Malconsorts, we have a significant step-up and can see the greatness of the terroir. The nose is spiced, dark-fruited, and earthy (positive). The mouth is intense and deep with dark fruits that are clear and penetrating with plenty of energy. This is a very exciting wine.  (94-98)

2015 Romanée-Saint-Vivant
The nose here is pure and deep with dark fruit and spices, just as one would expect. The mouth is intense, deep, and sensual with structure. It will take some time, but this will be an outstanding, and likely great, wine for those experiencing it. (95-98)