Single Bottle Original Case
- Region: Red Burgundy
- Producer: Cathiard, Sylvain
- Vintage: 2017
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Domaine Sylvain Cathiard
Vosne-Romanée "Aux Malconsorts" ♥
1er Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 10, 2019
Don't miss! Outstanding
Note: from a .74 ha parcel of 35+ year old vines
Producer note: Not surprisingly, Sébastian Cathiard was more upbeat about the 2017 vintage than he was about 2016, noting that "2016 gave us excellent quality but no quantity yet 2017 gave us both. However, it was necessary to wait to pick because while sugar maturities came in early September, phenolic maturity came much later. As such, I chose to begin the harvest on the 13th of September and there was essentially no sorting required except for leaves or insects. Yields were very good at around 48 hl/ha with solid but not high potential alcohols that came in between 12.5 and 13%. I destemmed all of the fruit and then vinified softly over a total cuvaison period of 23 to 28 days. The malos were all over the place as some finished in April while others didn't finish until August, which is curious in its fashion because there wasn't a lot of malic acid to begin with. Even so, the post-malo pHs were pretty much ideal at between 3.45 and 3.58. As to the wines, I love the style as they're classic Burgundies with excellent freshness and terroir transparency plus they should be accessible earlier than say 2015 and 2016." Cathiard, who presently farms 4.6 ha of vines, was also very happy to report that he has signed a lease agreement for another 3.75 ha. Because certain aspects of the agreement were still being ironed out, he understandably declined to offer specifics but as details become available, I will transmit them to you. Cathiard also noted that his now in-bottle 2016s, four of which were revisited below, were bottled in April 2018.
Tasting note: Firm reduction renders this impossible to fairly assess today. Otherwise there is more size, weight and muscle to the big-bodied and more evidently mineral-driven flavors that are almost painfully intense, all wrapped in a gorgeously long finish that really fans out as it sits on the palate. However, it is pointless to buy this without the express intention to cellar it as it is very structured.