2008 Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru "En Orveaux"

SKU #1355054 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. This has a more rounded, more extrovert bouquet compared to the Reignots, with raspberry, wild strawberry and red cherry soaring from the glass, complemented by a touch of blood orange. The palate is more compact, very cohesive with silky smooth tannins, sweet red cherry fruit, strawberry and a touch of blueberry, good weight, very focused, quite linear towards the finish. The oak is well-integrated in the wine, rendering it silky and caressing in texture, yet not dominating the sense of terroir. One of Cathiard’s best 2008s. (NM)  (3/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red. Knockout slightly high-toned nose melds raspberry, smoky minerality and flowers. Silky on entry, then an explosion of spices in the middle palate, with almost painful energy to the red berry, crushed stone and pepper flavors. Wonderfully rich yet somehow weightless. A real essence of Burgundy. Finishes very long, with suave tannins. I'd give this beauty a decade in the cellar. Cathiard loves it today but believes it will shut down in the bottle. (ST)  (3/2011)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A deft touch of wood sets off a ripe and highly expressive nose that is airy and very spicy while featuring layered and high-toned aromas of red and blue pinot fruit along with plum and Asian-style tea notes. There is good verve to the lacy, seductive and focused middle weight flavors that possess excellent length on the overtly mineral-inflected and lingering finale. This lovely effort is still developing well and will require another 5 to 7 years to arrive its full apogee but it should be well worth the wait.  (4/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 52-year-old vines, towards Chambolle near Clos de Vougeot. Very seductive nose. All pleasure. Soft and easy and juicy. So much fruit that the tannins are almost invisible. (JR)  (11/2009)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.