domaine sylvain cathiard, vosne-romanee premier cru, aux malconsorts 2018
VINOUS
98
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96

2018 domaine sylvain cathiard, vosne-romanee premier cru, aux malconsorts

Why We're Buying

Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Aux Malconsorts is bold, intense, and austere. The pinot noir comes from one of the premier cru vineyards in Vosne-Romanée, though many people consider it grand cru caliber. Wine critic Allen Meadows endorsed the 2016 vintage, saying, "This stunner is a classically styled Malconsorts that is made in a 'buy and forget you own it' style. *Don't Miss, Outstanding*" The red wine also appreciated 73.2% from 2017 to 2021.

Critics Scores

VINOUS
98

Vinous

The 2018 Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsorts 1er Cru has the most cerebral nose of any Cathiard Premier Cru, scents of black fruit intermingling with ash, sous-bois and light iodine scents. It also seems the most mercurial in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with filigreed tannins, unerring symmetry and a killer sense of symmetry that is utterly beguiling. It is endowed with the backbone one expects from a Malconsorts and a persistence all of its own. Heavenly.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The most reserved premier cru in the cellar is, as usual, the 2018 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts. Opening in the glass with scents of dark berry fruit, plums, exotic spices, dark chocolate, smoked meats and burning embers, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and muscular, displaying exquisite structural refinement and superb concentration, concluding with a long, fragrant finish. There are 16 barrels this year.

DECANTER
95

Decanter

Sébastien Cathiard's vines are in the upper part of the Premier Cru next to Domaines de Montille and Hudelot-Noëllat. The freshness of the higher altitude seems to suit the increasingly refined style here, which has moved away from assertive oak. This saw 60% new wood and is a sappy, textured, layered Pinot Noir with racy acidity.

BURGHOUND.COM
95

Burghound.com

A cool, pure, airy and restrained nose combines a really lovely spiciness with notes of black raspberry, wild strawberry and exotic Asian tea. The super-sleek and utterly delicious middle weight flavors offer excellent power and drive while displaying outstanding length on the intensely saline-inflected and youthfully austere finish. This is not a monster of concentration but I really like the balance.

BURGHOUND
95

Burghound

A cool, pure, airy and restrained nose combines a really lovely spiciness with notes of black raspberry, wild strawberry and exotic Asian tea. The super-sleek and utterly delicious middle weight flavors offer excellent power and drive while displaying outstanding length on the intensely saline-inflected and youthfully austere finish. This is not a monster of concentration but I really like the balance.