Domaine Sylvain Cathiard comprises almost 7 hectares of vineyards
in the Côte de Nuits, principally in  Vosne-Romanée , but also in  Nuits-
St-Georges  and  Chambolle-Musigny . The Domaine was founded by
Sylvain’s grandfather in the 1930’s and taken over by his father in
1969.  Sylvain himself, a graduate of the Ecole Viticole in Beaune,
began working with his father, André, in the 1980’s and gradually
assumed control in the 1990’s. Sylvain raised the quality level of the
Domaine to the topmost echelon of Burgundy. Sylvain has now been
succeeded by his son Sébastian, who has, many say, managed to
raise the bar another notch or two.

The Domaine practices lutte raisonnée, a system of vine cultivation
that is essentially organic and noninterventionist. Cathiard completely
de-stems the fruit and employs cold maceration for 4-8 days,
depending on the vintage. Fermentation occurs over indigenous
yeasts for 16-22 days and reaches a fairly high 31°-32° C. The
frequency of pigéage and length of cuvaison is adapted to the
vintage.   The young wine is then racked into Allier barrels (30-40%
new oak for village-level, and 60-70% for the Premier Cru) and aged
18-20 months. After assemblage, the wines are bottled without fining
or filtration.

The wines of Sylvain Cathiard are reference-standards. The subtle
differences among the crus are readily apparent, and illustrate both
the authority and the magic of terroir. Cathiard wines are lush and
opulent, to be certain, and without the slightest hint of forced
extraction or excess sweetness; and they are harmonious and
balanced and delicate. But the overriding impression that Cathiard
wines give is one of absolute precision: striking each prescribed note
perfectly in pitch and tone, without ever a hint of excess or


Appellations: Nuits-Saint-Georges, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée, Romanée-Saint-Vivant


  •  France
  •  Burgundy
  •  See above
  •  Sébastien Cathiard
  •  1930’s
  • N/A
  • Lutte raisonée
  • N/A


Romanée -Saint-Vivant Grand Cru

Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, aux Malconsorts

Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, aux Reignots

Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, en Orveaux

Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, Les Suchots

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, aux Thorey