Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Chambolle Musigny Les Clos de L'Orme 2014

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This beautiful Chambolle-Musigny is made from 50+ year old vines raised in 15% new wood. The Cathiard family has run this small domaine (13.75 acres) for many years. A few years ago, Sylvain Cathiard and his wife gave the responsibility to continue the work of the estate to their enologist son, Sebastien. He is doing both the vineyard work and vinification, in a similar style to his father. The original family domaine was established by Sylvain's grandfather in the 1930s and then maintained by Sylvain's father from 1969 until 1985, when Sylvain became involved. The following year, Sylvain set up his own domaine with parcels of vines rented from his father and other vignerons, before taking on his father's original vineyards. Based in Vosne, his vineyards span Vosne-Romanee, Nuits-St.-Georges and Chambolle-Musigny, and a tiny parcel in Romanee-St.-Vivant. All of the vineyard work is done meticulously by hand by the family, and Sebastien follows a hands-off, non-interventionist approach to winemaking as his father did. The grapes are 100% de-stemmed and the premier crus see 40-65% new oak.

'Sébastian Cathiard described his 2014 campaign as "much less complicated than either 2012 or 2013 but it wasn't without some challenges. The early part of the growing season was unusually warm and I was worried about the possibility of shatter but as it turned out the flowering was fast and homogenous. In fact in most parcels it started and finished in only 4 to 8 days. 2014 is also the first year where we used zero chemicals in the vineyards so I'm proud of that. We picked from the 17th to the 20th of September and for the first time since 2009 brought in normal yields. Potential alcohols were good to very good and ranged from 11.8 to 12.8%. The skins were thick and thus the colors and extractions happened easily and relatively quickly so there were zero problems with the vinifications though the malos were extended. Another change I made was to once again reduce the amount of new wood and to lower the toast of the barrels as well. In 2014 I used 50% new wood for the villages wines and two-thirds for the 1ers and the Romanée St. Vivant. I very much like the style of the wines and while I hear some people say that they're too accessible, I think that they're going to surprise people by how well they age. Time of course will tell but 2014 produced some lovely wines.'
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Cote de Nuits
Brand Domaine Sylvain Cathiard
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Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Chambolle Musigny Clos de l'Orme appears to have more pinoté on the nose than the Vosne-Romanée Villages at the moment, perhaps better delineation with citrus-fresh red berry fruit mixed with orange zest wafting temptingly from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a confit-like opening, red plum and pomegranate, silky in the mouth with a succulent finish. This is a lovely wine from Cathiard.

Neal Martin, December 2015
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BurghoundThe cool, pure and restrained middle weight flavors exude a fine bead of minerality that adds a sense of lift to the dense yet refined mouth feel before a hint of bitter cherry arrives on the defined and lingering finish. This will need to add a bit of depth but if it does it could very well be a terrific Chambolle villages. Note that this should be approachable after only 4 to 5 years if desired. 88-91

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