Structured blackcurrant fruit flavours, this is a broad and giving wine with hints of spiced vanilla-ed oak, focusing on ripeness of fruit and a soft clean finish
(50+ year old vines raised in 15% new wood). Noticeable wood spice adds breadth to the black cherry and red pinot fruit suffused nose. There is good volume to the supple, round and silky middleweight flavors that are delicious, seductive and beautifully balanced. A lovely villages that is very Chambolle in basic character and one that should drink well young if desired. (87-90)/2016+
70% new oak. Racked four weeks ago. Headily perfumed. Pure fruit that is still a little fresh and definitely quite lightweight. Chewy finish. Should make a pretty though hardly mind-blowing bottle. Drink 2015-2022
Sylvain Cathiard is one of the top growers in Vosne Romanée, a region not shy of exceptional talent. He only has around 4.25 hectares of vines, therefore the quantity that he makes is particularly small. Traditionally, Burgundy domaines are renowned for being minute in size, and he is definitely amongst the smallest. In addition, he has some of the most exceptional vineyards, which read like a Who's Who list of the Côte de Nuits, many of which are located next to grand crus sites. This combination is lethal for allocations. Too little wine with too many open hands all waiting for their fair share. SInce 2011 his talented son, Sébastien, has been running the domaine.
The wines of Chambolle Musigny are like no other. They can be superbly delicate, yet mindblowingly complex. Of all the northern Burgundy appellations, they are the most ethereal, and as a result the most feminine. Most of the Chambolle Musigny vineyard area is encompassed in its Village and Premier Cru appellations including the robust Beaux Bruns, the splendidly mineral Le Cras and the poised yet powerful Les Amoureuses. It produces only two Grand Crus - the round and rich Bonnes Mares which it shares with Morey St. Dénis, as well as what could be described as the Stradivarius of grand crus, Musigny.