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Every month, we showcase and open a special bottle of wine for you to sample, hand-picked by our sommelier team. Each wine has been chosen for its prestige and critical acclaim, available by the glass at cost price offering you the opportunity to broaden your vinous horizons.
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, Sylvain Cathiard, Aux Thorey, Burgundy, France, 2008
£35 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £256.00
Tonight, I have chosen to offer you one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon led wine from California.
His son André Cathiard began to bottle some of the crop. In due course Sylvain began working with his father but then separated to start his own small domaine.
The Cathiards have 5.5 hectares of vineyards in Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-St-Georges and Chambolle-Musigny, including tiny holdings in Clos de Vougeot and Romanée-St-Vivant. A recent addition (from 2006) to the range is the Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Thorey. This is not a complicated estate: the vines are looked after meticulously with the fruit being sorted on a table de tri and destalked.
After fermentation the wines go into barrel, 100% for premier cru and above. Most of the barrels come from one cooper, Rémond.
The wines in their youth have an exceptional energy and purity of fruit. The oak is present but refined and blends harmoniously with the delicate fruit flavours of the wine.
It offers a beautiful nose of ripe red cherry, wild strawberry and dry violet. The palate is intense but silky and long.
This exceptional wine pairs fantastically well with Robby’s tasty fillet of Halibut