Sylvain Cathiard Hautes Cotes De Nuits 'Aux Chaumes' 2021

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Availability
In stock
Volume
750ml
Varieties
Region/Country
Burgundy, France
Rating
86-87 points

Description

This tiny Domaine was established by Sylvain Cathiard’s grandfather ( who worked for Domaine de la Romanee Conti and later for Domaine Lamarche) in the 1930s and was then further built and maintained by Sylvain’s father Andre from 1969 until 1985 when Sylvain himself became involved. The following year, Sylvain set up his own with parcels of vines rented from his father and other vignerons, before taking on his father’s original vineyards. In 2006, he was joined by his son, Sebastian, and they formed the estate of Sylvain Cathiard et Fils since 2011 Sebastien is running the Domaine with Sylvain retiring.

Based in Vosne, his 5 hectares span Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-St-Georges and Chambolle-Musigny, with a very small parcel in Romanée-St-Vivant located directly below Romanee Conti where they are officially the smallest land-owner of this magnificent Grand cru. All vineyard work is carried out with meticulous attention to detail by Sebastien and his wife and a small dedicated team. All vineyard work is done on organic principles although Sebastien has not sought certification.

For winemaking Sebastien has a definite hands-off approach, preferring to do nothing rather than interfere with the natural development of the wines. He de-stems entirely, cold settles the juice for about 10 days and ferments the wines for between 22 and 30 days on skins. The new wines are matured for 18 months in oak of which about 90% is from Tonnellerie Remond and 10% from Francois Freres as follows: Village wines, roughly 1/3rd new oak and 2/3rds of 1 year old; 1er Crus, roughly 50% new oak and 50% 1-year-old; Grand Cru, two new barrels and one one-year-old barrel. Since 2000 none of the wines are fined or filtered.

Sebastien Cathiards wines are incredibly harmonious, softly textured and very fine. Since taking over in 2011 Sebastien has been listening carefully to those few who get the privilege to taste with him and he has gradually reduced the percentage of new oak used for aging. In a good vintage, there are around 50 barrels produced in total across all appellations. His Vosne-Romanées in particular are now regarded among the best of the village. All wines offered here are from fully mature vineyards that have yielded fruit with wonderful natural intensity and balance. These wines represent artisan wine-making at its very best.

Rating

Score
86 - 87 points
Reviewer
Jasper Morris

Specifications

Closure
Corked
Serving Temp.
16-18 °C
Alcohol
12.5%
Decanter
Food pairing
Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with a wide range of dishes, including roasted poultry, grilled salmon, mushroom risotto, and dishes featuring earthy or herbaceous flavors.

Tasting Profile

Nose
Airy and cool aromas of layered red currant and plum give way to vibrant, delineated and saline-inflected flavors that offer reasonably good depth on the sneaky long finish. Once again, this boxes above its weight for what it is.

Sylvain Cathiard Hautes Cotes De Nuits 'Aux Chaumes' 2021

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