Sylvain Cathiard, Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Thorey, 2016

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Sylvain Cathiard

Cathiard is a tiny domain - there never is very much wine. You enter a spick and span white stucco suburban home in the center of the small village of Vosne Romanee. There is a walled vineyard outside the front door. Go down the staircase and you are in a minuscule cuverie and barrel room. Not a lot of barrels here either. No wonder the wine is sold in 6 bottle cases.

Sebastien Cathiard has been slowly assuming control of this top estate in Vosne-Romanée from his father Sylvain. He is now fully in charge, but the wines have been so good for so long that he wisely has changed very little. They continue to farm meticulously, de-stem and rigorously sort all the fruit prior to fermentation. The only thing he has changed is the gradual reduction of new oak, seeking a bit more purity of terroir expression.

Professional Reviews


BH 90-92 January 2018
"A subtly spiced array speaks of ultra-fresh aromas of dark currant, violet, plum and soft earth wisps. The mid-palate of the middle weight flavors is deceptively pliant because as the lingering and lightly stony and rustic finish sits on the palate the supporting tannins become more evident. I very much like the depth and persistence though note that this will require a few years of aging. " -Allen Meadows

Robert Parker

RP 91-93 December 2017
"Around 25% of the production was lost because of frost with respect to Cathiard’s 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Thorey. It has an extremely floral bouquet loaded with crushed violets, so Vosne-Romanée like in style. Very ostentatious! The palate is medium-bodied with black cherries and blueberry fruit, strict tannin underneath that segue into with a sustained, peppery and quite penetrating finish. Maybe the showiest of Sebastien's wines from barrel, but you know that this is going to give so much joy once in bottle." -Neal Martin


D 93 October 2017
"The Nuits Aux Thorey is one of the Domaine’s emblematic wines, and the 2016 is lovely and already very well integrated. Aromas of creamy cherry, cassis, rich soil, truffle and spice precede a full-bodied, fine-grained wine, its firm Nuits tannins beautifully cloaked in juicy fruit and only asserting themselves on the long, racy finish.Drinking Window 2026 - 2046." -William Kelley