2019 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee #152004555
Reviews 91 points Vinous "offers slightly meaty red fruit comingling with scorched earth and tobacco. The palate is marked by fine-grain tannins, but this is very fresh with orange rind decorating its surprisingly structured on the finish. Very fine. (NM)"
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About Sylvain Cathiard
The Domaine was established in the 1930s by Sylvain's grandfather. Today, it is run by his son Sebastian. Most of their vineyard holdings are in Vosne-Romanee, with their flagship wines coming from exceptional parcels in Aux Malconsorts, Reignots, and Romanee-Saint Vivant. Attention to detail is critical at Domaine Sylvain Cathiard. The team believes that it starts in the vineyard. Once the grapes arrive at the Domaine, they hand sort, fully destem, and use primarily neutral oak barrels to create more terroir-driven wines.
Sebastian's winemaking philosophy is based on minimal intervention. This allows the grapes to express their true terroir characteristics. He ferments his wines in small, open-top wooden vats and ages them in oak barrels, focusing on using only the finest oak from Burgundy's forests. Wine critic Neal Martin of Vinous is a huge fan, describing the wines as "gloriously silky smooth, complex wines," with "intensity and focus."
Sylvain Cathiard's wines are elegant, nuanced, and complex, with a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity. They are known for their silky tannins, rich aromas of red and black fruits, and a subtle hint of spice.