Producer note: Sébastian Cathiard observed that "despite a very difficult growing season the 2012 vintage is genuinely great in my view. We began picking on the 22nd of September and brought in remarkably clean fruit that required very little in the way of sorting. Because the level of phenolic ripeness was complete I decide to push the extraction somewhat compared to what I did in 2011. This is to say that I did a cool maceration of around 10 days with a total cuvaison of 24 to 25 days depending on the wine. I then maintained the temperature at 32° C for around one week to fix the colors and polymerize the tannins. I am optimistic about the results and I believe that some of the 2012s will age and improve for years to come." I am of the same view as the young Cathiard as he has indeed crafted some exceptionally promising 2012s though don't ignore his 2011s either as both the Reignots and Malconsorts are first rate. Note that Cathiard explained that none of his wines had been racked and thus many of them were reduced. Lastly, he noted that his 2011s, four of which I revisited below, were bottled in April 2013.
Tasting note: Once again, reduction renders the nose difficult to properly assess. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension and detail to the punchy medium-bodied flavors that also possess more refined tannins than is typical with even better depth and length on the mouth coating finish. While there is a hint of rusticity and a bit of Nuits sauvage character the overall impression is admirably harmonious. In short, this is an excellent Nuits villages.