Like La Landonne, JL Chave’s Cuvée Catheline is a super cuvée of Syrah, in this case coming from the neighboring appellation of Hermitage. Here we have the nexus of all that is crucial for a wine to be hyper-expensive, and the Cuvée Cathelin is just barely that.
A track record? Well, not so much, since this has only been produced in six vintages since the first in 1990. But Chave is renowned as one of the finest producers of Syrah in all the world and arguably the single finest in Hermitage. Add to that the fact that Cuvée Cathelin is produced in tiny quantities -- maybe 2,500 bottles in an abundant year -- and far fewer in less generous vintages. The 2003, the last vintage released on to the market, is currently selling for about $2,000 a bottle.