Sylvain Cathiard 1er Cru Aux Thorey Nuits St Georges 2017

Sylvain Cathiard 1er Cru Aux Thorey Nuits St Georges 2017
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Sylvain Cathiard 1er Cru Aux Thorey Nuits St Georges 2017

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100% de-stemmed, indigenous yeast fermentation. 18 months aging in oak barrels (75% new).

Aux Thorey is a Premier Cru vineyard situated on the hill above the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges. The southeast-facing climat has an excellent terroir and gives a wine that is rich and structured with spicy, floral overtones, but which has more elegance than is usually associated with Nuits-Saint-Georges wines. Like many of the surrounding sites, the calcareous soils in Aux Thorey are composed of small pebbles and gravel. This tends to be thinner than on the lower climats, with low levels of nutrients and efficient drainage. Aux Thorey Premier Cru wines are produced by several prominent Burgundy producers. The most notable of these are the highly respected Sylvain Cathiard domaine, and Domaine de Montille, which owns the walled section of the vineyard known as Clos de Thorey.

Cathiard owns a small domaine of approx 5 hectares, the majority of which is within the village of Vosne-Romanee although there is some Bourgogne, Nuits-St-Georges, Chambolle-Musigny and Clos Vougeot. Started by Sylvain’s grandfather back in the 1930s, his father took over in 1969 and Sylvain came on board in the mid-80s before leaving to start up on his own. It wasn’t until 1994 that he inherited the vines of the family domaine, and it is since then that the wines have begun to attract so much attention. Today the entire operation is run by Sylvain and his son Sebastien, who is learning the ropes in anticipation of taking over the reins in the future. Although the Romanee-St-Vivant is his best and rarest wine (Sylvain is the smallest landholder in the vineyard), he is perhaps best known for single handedly giving the 1er Cru ‘Aux Malconsorts’ the reputation that its position and terroir deserves. He has acheived this through a non-internentionist philosophy, old vines, low yields, complete destemming and restrained use of new oak (the RSV is the only wine that gets 100% new oak). Clive Coates says that Cathiard’s wines have "a touch of genius" while Neal Martin calls the RSV "a wine that God would make if he were a winemaker". High praise indeed and the Roberson team are inclined to agree.