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A very spicy burgundy wine with complex nose from Guyon

In our previous post, we tasted Cathiard’s version from this cool, windy, chalky site. This time it is the 2008 vintage, not in general equally great as the 2010 vintage, but usually underrated. This time we focus on another producer that is clearly under the radar; Domaine Guyon. Actually, we did taste their base red here. In 1991, Jean Pierre followed by his brother Michel took over the vineyards from their father. They use 100% new oak, extraction endures for 18 days in steel vats and vines are about 40 years old in their parcels in en Orveaux.

2008 1er cru En Orveaux, Domaine Guyon

The colour is beautifully blood orange with red purple nuances and edges are orange-pink.

The nose emerges with a lot of sulphur the first hour as well as notes of medicine cabin, typical chalky saline minerals and oil paint. After numerous hours, the typical saline and chalky notes from this site takes a step back and let the vosne herbs arrive to the scene dominated by freshly cut ginger, dry mint and ground cumin. In addition, there is some really enchanting sweet-peppery pastry notes combined with Indian spices that gets through at times that is just lovely. When giving this wine plenty of time in the decanter, the dominating base of chalky and dark minerals as well as the dominating saline acidity, let other complex scents through and the nose is in fact really good and interesting.

On the palate, the high level of chalky and distinct saline acidity that is so typical for this windy site is still dominating and coating the bluish and pure fruit. Unfortunately, the taste does not shape up to the impressive nose, but there are loads of delightful spices and anise seeds in here, but it is not really well balanced and the finish is a little too saline.  The high level of new oak is at this stage quite well integrated and doesn’t disturb the palate. However, texture is impressively silky without any spurs on the tongue whatsoever and it is quite persistent too.

A really interesting nose, but it falls short on the palate that is, unfortunately, less balanced now and lacks complexity. Open in 2018.


A very good En Orveaux from Cathiard from the great 2010 vintage

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.

2010 1er cru En Orveaux, Sylwain Cathiard

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.