Domaine Sylvain Cathiard
Grand Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 01, 2011
Note: from a tiny .18 ha parcel
Producer note: The ever-modest Sylvain Cathiard described 2009 as a "dream vintage where everything pretty much went according to the textbooks. The growing season was steady and maturities advanced steadily. The temperatures were warm but not really hot and there was just enough rain at just the right moments. We began picking on the 12th of September and brought in exceptionally clean fruit that average between 13 and 13.5% potential alcohols. Because the fruit was so clean, I elected to do no racking at all and won't until we decide to bottle, which will probably be a bit earlier this year, which is to say in February." The Cathiard wines are hardly a secret anymore but they deserve to be better known still as his '09s are true knockouts. (A Becky Wasserman Selection/Le Serbet, www.leserbet.com, Beaune, France; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, UK, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, UK, La Réserve, UK and O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK).
Tasting note: A dazzlingly complex, perfumed and pure nose reveals a bit of wood influence yet remains strikingly elegant with its superb scope of spicy red berry fruit aromas that are followed by ripe, seductive and beautifully intense flavors that display marvelous depth and perfect balance on the sappy and naturally sweet finish of monumental length. This is a wine of indisputable class and a model of grace and understatement that should age effortlessly for 20 to 30 years.