In a nutshell: A fragrant and succulent single vineyard Côtes de Nuits Burgundy from one of the premier villages.
The lowdown: Vosne-Romanée, with its several grand and premier cru vineyards is one of the appellations that can lay claim to producing some of the finest examples of Pinot Noir in Burgundy. And Patrice Cacheux, the latest generation of the family to run his family's, estate is one of those making wines that fully live up to the appellation's much vaunted reputation. This delicious and elegant example is from the Aux Cacheux vineyard, bordering the Premier Cru vineyard of Clos des Réas. Rich and ripe having spent plenty of time in new oak barriques there's plenty of ripe cherries on the nose giving a freshness which balances the rich sumptuousness extremely well. Altogether the prominent oak character is handled really well and it all leads to a fine and pleasingly aromatic finish.
When to drink: A textbook example of good Vosne-Romanée, it's drinking well now and will do so into the mid 2020s.
With his home and winery located in the Côte de Nuits village of Vosne-Romanée Patrice Cacheux is the fourth generation of the family to run the domaine. They have around 7 hectares of vines in total most of which are in the appellation Vosne-Romanée itself, along with some parcels in Nuits-Saints Georges and Chambolle-Musigny. They are also one of the eighty domaines which have a holding in the famous Échezeaux Grand Cru.
Overall the estate's style is one of aiming for rich, ripe wines that are made with a healthy dose of new oak and on which Patrice's father, Jacques, earned the domaine's good reputation in the latter years of the twentieth century. And under Patrice's guidance this approach has stood the test of time very well.