Romanée St Vivant, Grand Cru, 2017

  Sylvain Cathiard

Intense, tight-knit but floral, black cherry and cherry blossom fruit. Flecks of mineral, earth and herb. So concentrated and coiled, this needs coaxing out of its shell for there are a multitude of layers here to unwrap. Controlled power with great finesse and sophistication.

Contains Sulphites.

About Sylvain Cathiard

Untill the 2010 vintage Sylvain Cathiard presided over a small 4.5-hectare Domaine, based in Vosne-Romanee. Since then, his son Sebastien has taken over but continues to produce wines in the same style - pure, sophisticated and polished Burgundy, bottled without fining or filtration. The wines are aged in upwards of 50 to 70% new oak depending on the cuvée.

Appellation: Romanée St Vivant

Romanée-St-Vivant is a great Grand Cru in the commune of Vosne-Romanée, taking its name from the monastery of St-Vivant founded at Vergy in the 10th Century. The vineyard are is quite large for this part of Vosne, just under 9.5ha, and is further fown the sloper with richer deeper soils than those of Richebourg and "the Romanées." The wines are excellent, typical Vosnes, silky and svelte with the richness and gravitas of a Grand Cru, though never reaching the mark of either of "the Romanées" or La Tâche. The best examples, however, can come close if not surpass some versions of Richebourg. The vineyard area is dominated by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti who is the largest owner with 5.3 ha, the next largest owners being Domaine Leroy and Louis latour's Domaine de Corton Grancey. Other fine examples are also made by Follin Arbelet, Sylvain Cathiard, Dujac and Robert Arnoux..

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.