2004 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Aux Reignots"

SKU #1201749 89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Cool and somewhat reserved spicy black fruit aromas laced with obvious minerality merge into deep, velvety and brooding flavors and an understated but long and penetrating finish. This is a really lovely effort with style and grace that is distinctly different than the other wines in the range as there is a coolness here similar to fine examples of Clos des Ducs or Reignots' immediate neighbor La Romanée. I find this to be really quite attractive and all the more so when you consider just how young the vines are.  (1/2006)

John Gilman

 The 2004 Cathiard Reignots is also a fine bottle, though it is wearing more wood makeup than the pretty Vosne villages. The bouquet is deep and pure, offering up notes of plums, red cherries, fine soil tones, a bit of chocolate, and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full, tangy and balanced, with a fine core of fruit, ripe, well-integrated tannins, and good length and grip on the balanced finish. Today this wine is a tad too dominated by its new oak, and though it will have no problem successfully integrating into the body of the wine with time, it would have been nice to see the terroir take center stage here with half as much new wood. But this certainly is a well-made bottle. (Drink between 2012-2035)  (3/2006)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium red. Aromas of raspberry and smoked meat. Sweet and spicy but could use a bit more flesh. Nicely fresh and penetrating, but finishes slightly dry, with firm tannins and an herbal element. The vines here are 12 years old. (ST)  (3/2006)

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