2005 1er Cru Lavaut Saint Jacques Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Gevrey Chambertin
Classification 1er Cru
Vineyard Lavaut Saint Jacques

Good full red. Initially less fruity and up-front than the Petite Chapelle. Wild, very ripe aromas and flavors of spicy red berries and licorice. Wonderfully penetrating and vibrant for the year, with superb life to its juicy flavors. Still youthfully tight but very pure and perfumed, with the wine's sweetness partly hidden by its firm tannic spine. This is really remarkably brisk for 2005, with a very long and scented aftertaste. Rich and intense - lovely. Blackberry jam yet forceful and dry - eatable, moreish and with savoury length. A great example of what vinification with stems can achieve in a thoroughly ripe year. Rating: 92(+?) L&S (Mar 2008)

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Paler than the Suchots. Slightly cheesy nose but very fresh lovely smooth energetic appetizing fruit. Real zest. Impressive! Dry, neat finish and real transparency. 2013 - 23 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Jan 2007)

Intense and concentrated aroma with deep red pinot fruit. Masses of fruit up front on the attack, as the palate swells, sweet tannins come into the profile, ripe and rounded. The palate is drenched in summer fruits, enhanced by a softish acidity which also freshens profile. Another lovely wine. A good deal more substance than Craipillots, with more a longish mineral finish. Fine. From 2010 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Jan 2007)

Super fresh and equally elegant very pure red fruit and violet aromas that are cooler and more reserved precede balanced, sweet and wonderfully delineated middle weight flavors built on a base of stone and wrapped in a clean, tight and punchy finish. The balance is impeccable and this will age. Drinking range: 2012 - Rating: 89-91 Allen Meadows, (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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