2017 Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru "Les Murgers" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1406191 94 points Decanter

 More backward and showing more oak than Sébastien Cathiard's Aux Thorey premier cru, Murgers hails from a 0.48ha parcel planted in two stages, in 1955 and 1975. It's a firmer, more structured wine with plenty of colour, some sweet spices, dense plum and blueberry fruit and a backbone of tannin.Drinking Window 2025 - 2032. (TA)  (10/2018)

92-94 points Vinous

 The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Aux Murgers 1er Cru, matured in 60% new oak, has an expressive bouquet of dark berry fruit infused with bay leaf and black tea, the terroir a little more articulated than the Aux Thorey at the moment. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, an equal mixture of red and black fruit, with a gentle grip on the lightly peppered finish. Excellent. (NM)  (1/2019)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Aromas of raspberries, spices, dark chocolate, plums and sweet soil tones introduce the 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers, a medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional wine, with excellent concentration, abundant but velvety structuring tannins and lovely mid-palate amplitude. Nuits' proclivity to rusticity is rendered with Vosne elegance. Sébastien Cathiard has produced some of the wines of the 2017 vintage, a stunning portfolio that vindicates his decision to harvest late this year. The rudiments of the approach are simple: meticulous viticulture—though not, I should add, especially low yields—and careful sorting, followed by complete destemming, macerations of 20-30 days and maturation in barrel from some 15-18 months. The impact of new oak, once a defining feature of the Cathiard style, is now significantly less obtrusive, a thoroughly positive evolution that's been in evidence over the last few vintages and which seems to have been consummated with a beautifully integrated range of 2017s. Unfortunately, the market has already taken notice, and these wines are scarce and expensive. What's more, the quality Cathiard has achieved with this vintage will only add fuel to the fire. (WK)  (1/2019)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Reduction. The very supple and relatively refined lighter weight flavors are not especially dense but there is excellent depth and persistence on the moderately austere finale. Despite the fact that this is not as concentrated as it usually is, the balance is excellent and this should have no trouble rewarding a decade or more of cellaring.  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

92-95 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Very lovely full deep purple. The nose has more intensity coupled with greater elegance, the Vosne side influence is clear. Indeed, if offered this blind I might very well go for Vosne-Romanée. Yet there is an underlying strength too, a purer style of wood, with lifted fresh raspberry notes, several layers of fruit. Most exciting this year." (01/2019)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.