Sylvain Cathiard: Burgundy (Vosne Romanee)
This tiny Domaine was established by Sylvain Cathiard’s grandfather ( who worked the vineyards for Domaine de la Romanee Conti) in the 1930s and then maintained by Sylvain’s father 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. From 2006, he has been joined by his son, Sebastian, and they have formed the estate of Sylvain Cathiard et Fils.
Based in Vosne, his 5 hectares span Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-St-Georges and Chambolle-Musigny, with a very small parcel in Romanée-St-Vivant. All vineyard work is carried out with meticulous attention to detail by only himself, his son and his wife.
For winemaking Sylvain has a definite hands-off approach, preferring to do nothing rather than interfere with the natural development of the wines. He destems entirely, cold settles the juice and ferments the wines for between 16 and 22 days. The new wines are matured for 18 months in oak as follows: Village wines, 40% new oak and 60% 1 year old; 1er Crus, 70-80% new oak and 20-30% 1 year old; Grand Cru, 100% new oak. Since 2000 none of the wines are fined or filtered.
“There is no one hotter in Burgundy these days than Sylvain Cathiard.”
Burghound.com January 2006
Sylvain Cathiards wines are incredibly harmonious, softly textured and very fine. His Vosne-Romanées in particular are amongst 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 winemaking at its very best. Quantities are extremely limited.
Bourgogne Rouge – made from a parcel of 30+ y.o. vines located Flagey opposite Clos Vougeot Below the Village, aged in used oak – SOLD OUT
Vosne Romanee AC ‐ made from 3 parcels of 15, 22 and 30 y.o. vines located below the village, aged in 40% new oak, 60% 1 y.o. oak ‐ SOLD OUT
Chambolle Musigny “Le Clos de l’Orme” ‐ from 40+ y.o. vines located below the village, aged in 40% new oak, 60% 1 y.o. oak ‐ SOLD OUT
Nuits St Georges 1er cru “aux Thorey” ‐ from 50+ yo vines, aged in 75% new oak, 25% 1 yo oak ‐ SOLD OUT
Nuits St Georges 1er cru “aux Murgers” ‐ from 60+ yo vines, aged in 75% new oak, 25% 1 yo oak ‐ SOLD OUT
Vosne Romanee 1er cru “en Orveaux” ‐ from 50+ yo vines located above Grand cru Echezeaux, aged in 75% new oak, 25% 1 yo oak ‐ SOLD OUT
Vosne Romanee 1er cru “Les Suchots” – from 35+ yo vines, aged in 75% new oak, 25% 1 yo oak – SOLD OUT
Vosne Romanee 1er cru “Les Reignots” – from 15+ yo vines located above Grand cru La Romanee, aged in 75% new oak, 25% 1 yo oak – SOLD OUT
Vosne Romanee 1er cru “Malconsorts” ‐ from 40 yo vines located beside Grand cru La Tache, aged in 75% new oak, 25% 1 yo oak ‐ SOLD OUT
2010 Romanee St Vivant Grand cru ‐ from 60+ yo vines aged in 100% new oak Cathiard is the smallest land owner of this Grand cru ‐ SOLD OUT
Rated #2 “Greatest wine producer”
Burgundy – Wine Report 2009 (by Clive Coates)