2005 Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Vosne Romanée
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Échezeaux

Round, opulent, sexy, full and sweet. Easy and supple, stuffed with ripe blackberry - like a supercharged Gevrey? Lots of volume and easy to taste, Yves remarks that this is 'on the defensive' at the moment - its hard to imagine, given how easy it is to taste, what it can be like when its on the attack. L&S (Jan 2007)

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A beautifully spicy nose of red and blue fruit aromas trimmed in earth and hints of smoke, tea and a subtle animale character that continues onto the powerful and palate saturating flavors that possess a beguiling seductive and velvety texture on the concentrated finish brimming with dry extract that really saturates the palate. A terrific wine that will need a decade plus to really unfold and shine. Drinking range: 2020 - Rating: 94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2008)

Bright, dark crimson. Scented, focused, very gorgeous and well balanced. Dangerously approachable now! Really good and no slacking just because it's "only" Echezeaux. 2012 - 25 Rating: 18+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2007)

Les Treux on the boarder of Clos de Vougeot, Echezeaux and Grand Echezeaux Zesty, spicy and exotic with masses of blackberry fruit, deep and densely fruity. It is chewy, mineral, lively, knitted and layered with an exotic fruity finish. It is a respectable finish. This wine is very appealing, if not as structured as the best wines this cru has delivered this year. Fine. From 2013 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Jan 2007)

Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Vignerons since the seventeenth century, the Confuron family has always selected and propagated vines to ensure that their plant material produces the highest quality, and they even have a clone of Pinot named after them - 'Pinot Confuron'.

The domaine has several Grands Cru vineyards as well as two hectares of the great Vosne Romanée Premier Cru 'Les Suchots'. There are around 12 hectares in all. The vines have never seen chemical weedkillers, and are ploughed and managed organically.

The Confurons have always used whole-bunch fermentation, picking very late, which really is a necessity if the stems are to be properly ripe and not give green flavours to the wine. A bit like the Thévenets with their whites in the Mâconnais, they pick so much later that they can seem to have different vintages to everyone else. Yves thinks that 2007 was their great vintage of the first decade of this millennium, and he'd probably be the only grower in the Côte de Nuits who would say that. Yves also makes the wines at Domaine de Courcelin Pommard, in the same way.

Yves, opinionated and laconical as ever, dismisses those who make pale wines by 'infusion' and says that failing to get the whole bunches properly ripe - and using all the bunch - is failing to get everything the terroir can offer. The wines he makes are dark, richly concentrated, and often hard to taste in their development, but experience shows that they age brilliantly

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