domaine sylvain cathiard, romanee-saint-vivant grand cru 2016
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There are the usual three barrels of 2016 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru this year, two of them new. There is a brooding intensity here, not unlike a Richebourg, more backward than recent vintages that I have tasted, yet after a couple of minutes you are overcome by intoxicating floral aromas that envelop the senses. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated black cherries, cassis, minerals and orange pith, the backbone of the Malconsorts with a very deep, quite grippy finish. Give this a decade in bottle if you can afford to wait that long, or if not, build a time machine.
Not cheap, it must be said, but there are only three barrels for the world, and it is made by one of the most sought-after domaines in Vosne-Romanée. This is still quite tight and much denser than the other 2016 Cathiard reds, with lots of oak and texture, a hint of smoky reduction and fine bramble and blueberry fruit. 2028-40.