2005 1er Cru Suchots 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 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Suchots

This is still almost completely primary with its patently ripe and overtly spicy black cherry and cassis-infused nose where floral notes add a touch of elegance. This is arguably the most powerful and imposing wine in the tasting with outstanding richness to the velvety and vibrant big-bodied flavors that offer excellent volume and ample mid-palate fat, all wrapped in a very firmly structured but vibrant and balanced finish. This is a serious wine that is evolving glacially and while it is not especially complex today, it seems manifestly obvious that the '05 Suchots possesses tremendous upside potential. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Nov 2014)

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Wow! Wiry, very structured, tense and tannic. Eau de vie de fruits - crème de mûre - lifted and powered on by a mineral core. Real zip and drive. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S (Dec 2006)

Very. Not much development on the colour here and this is reflected on the nose. Dense and fruit driven aroma. It attacks the palate with rich fruit. Powerful and muscular wine. This has impressive matter and layering. There is an intensity of fruit, firm acidity and structural tannin. This is a powerhouse of a wine. It carries dense and assured to the finish. This shows the more muscular and burly side of the terroir. It is a wine to put away and forget for at least another 10 years. Rating: 18.85 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2014)

Full red-ruby. Knockout nose offers red cherry, dark raspberry, cocoa powder and rose petal. Thick and sweet but with a compelling sappy quality and strong minerality giving life and lift to the mineral palate. Wonderfully fresh wine with terrific cut-but Yves Confuron notes that the acid level is low and the pH on the high side. The substantial ripe tannins coat the cheeks. This needs a decade or more of aging, and I would not be at all surprised if the wine shut down in bottle soon. Rating: 94 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Mar 2008)

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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