The 2010 vintage is equally great in Burgundy and Barolo in terms of balance and phenolic maturity. We love it.
The premier cru vineyard En Orveaux is located in the very north corner of the Vosne-Romanée appellation, inside a ridge close to the Chambolle area in the north in a slope with cool winds building an abundance of acidity. The soil is made up of a thin layer of rocky clay over a hard bed of limestone with very good drainage. Cathiard’s vines are about 60 years old here and grows deep into the limestone, rendering a special mineral characteristics to the wines. It is always the last vineyard to be picked, mostly due to the cooling winds and a little less hours of daily sun.
The colour is beautifully blood orange with red purple nuances and edges are light orange-pink.
The nose starts off with salubrin, medicine cabin, dusty earth, crushed stone and chalky minerals. After another three hours, rowan berries, dried spices and saline notes arrive to the scene.
On the palate, we are offered site-typical loads of chalky and saline minerals that coat the quite e deep bluish fruit, black tea, lingonberries and orange peel. It is quite aromatic, but driven by the bright, chalky and a little saline acidity. Balance and persistence is currently only fine, but structure is great and texture is velvety, but a little dusty. It is pleasantly mouth-filling with medium body.
As usual, the purity is impressive and integration of oak is impeccable in Cathiard’s wines.