Bright, dark red. Reduced, very smoky aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and minerals. Tactile, concentrated and classically dry, conveying a strong, chewy impression of dry extract. Not yet as fat or complex as the last three samples but this is quite backward today. Finishes with building tannins and resounding oaky length, with a late hint of orange zest providing lift. Very hard to judge in its present form, but Sebastian Cathiard notes that this wine will not be bottled before April. My projected range may turn out to be overly conservative.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2014
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
Tasted blind at the annual |Burgfest| tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts from winemaker Sebastian Cathiard was showing some reduction like de Montille's Malconsorts: rather animally on the nose with a touch of rubber, missing the delineation it might have otherwise possessed. Returning after ten minutes, that feral aspect ebbs away. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and sweet tannin. It shakes off that reduction to reveal a nicely defined, quite voluminous finish that is bursting with red fruit. If it does pull through it will deserve a very good mark and I suspect it will do just that.
Author: Neal Martin
Burghound | Rating: 94
There is plenty of Vosne-style spice in the form of inner mouth perfume along with soft floral and tea nuances. As one would expect from a first-rate example there is excellent volume, power and muscle to the intensely mineral-infused big-bodied flavors that brim with dry extract on the explosively long and impeccably well-balanced finish that goes on and on. This is flat out terrific though note that a minimum of 10 and probably 15 years will be required to fully realize the marvelous development potential. A classic Malconsorts of power and depth.