2008 Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru "Les Suchots"

SKU #1331816 91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright medium red. Very ripe but restrained aromas of raspberry, cocoa powder and flowers. Sweet and pliant on entry, then quite closed in the middle today. Hints at strong sappy extract and savory soil and spice tones. Best today on the very long, vibrant, sweetly tannic back end. (ST)  (3/2010)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A classic Vosne nose of blue and black pinot fruit is exuberantly spiced with clove, anise and sandalwood hints that can also be found on the delicious, concentrated and very stylish flavors that possess a lovely mouth feel before culminating in a long, sappy and powerful finish. This is an impressive effort and should reward up to a decade of cellar time. *Sweet Spot - Outstanding*  (1/2010)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. The Suchots has a coy but complex nose that you have to study deeply, before making any conclusions. Initially there are some tightly wound red-berried fruits; raspberry and cranberry, then more mineral element are uncovered, limestone and a touch of chalk. The palate is medium-boded with a talcum entry, firm tannins, gentle grip, more poise than power here with a linear dark cherry and cranberry finish. Nice length and definition. Very fine, but coy and introspective. (NM)  (3/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Great raciness and drier than the Nuits. Real race and finesse. Deep flavoured but with succulence. Dry finish. 17.5/20 Points (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.


- 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.


- 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.
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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.