2020 Cathiard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
This estate grown wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from volcanic and sedimentary sub-soils from the oldest hillside vineyard on the property. The average age of the vines are 35 years of age and it is aged for 18 months in 80% new French oak barrels and oak foudres.
This is a profound and extremely sophisticated wine from the beginning to the conclusion. Although somewhat Napaesque in style, the French showcase their talents in expressing the terroir of this property. The wine opens up with layers of pure silky black and blue fruits accented by undertones of savory spices, graphite and minerality.
The wine has star power with a sense of place with a compellation of complexity and texture that carry you on a journey. Around every rounded corner is a new dimension and more gratification. The finish is long and memorable, although I wish it hadn’t ended. I found this Cabernet Sauvignon to be nearly flawless in it’s expression. An impressive achievement by winemaker Justine Labbé and her team.
By W Peter Hoyne