Clive Coates 19.5
From “My Favorite Burgundies” Good colour. Marvelous nose. Very, very lovely harmonious and profound fruit. Essence of Pinot here. Full, vigorous and balanced. Very fine grip. Very fresh. Splendid class. Great length. Only just ready. This is quite brilliant. Very Fine Indeed / 19.5
Malconsorts is one of the most underrated among the premiers crus of Vosne-Romanée though ironically enough, it is in actuality one of the very best of all in a village where almost every vineyard is especially gifted. So why does the vineyard have such a lousy reputation? Simply stated, because Malconsorts has a number of under performing owners, few of who make the most of this wonderful terroir. Happily, there are a few who do make first class examples and Domaine Cathiard is one of them. This ’99 offers wonderfully spicy yet subtle aromas of black fruit, hoisin and soy that give way to rich, seductive flavors and prominent but ripe tannins. As sexy as the wine is at the moment, what really sets this apart from the merely very good is the tremendous depth and superb length. To be sure, this is in a somewhat more reserved style than many ’99s are currently displaying and it is certainly less forward yet it should prove to be an outstanding cellar candidate because of its exceptional balance. A really lovely, understated Malconsorts that fulfils all of the promise I saw from barrel last november.