CHARMES CHAMBERTIN

2006 Grand Cru 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 Grand Cru
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Charmes Chambertin

Not that dark in colour, and quite advanced in aroma, this is a round and charming Charmes. L&S (Dec 2007)

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A completely different and higher-toned nose features red raspberry, cherry and a hint of cranberry mixed with hints of underbrush, freshly turned earth and subtle spice notes that slide into round and after the forcefulness of the Ech, almost delicate flavors that possess good focus and punch. This is solid if not sensational and while there is no dryness from the hail, the tannins here are fine if clearly less present. 2016+ Rating: 88-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2008)

50% new oak on the final blend, but the sample I tasted was from a new barrel of Hungarian oak. Yves says he finds Hungarian oak easier to taste in the cellar than French. "The tannins are very nice; less dry than the French." Deeper sweeter aroma, comfiture with smoky notes. Ripe fruit attack, rounded body, a soft supple texture and an appealingly plump middle palate. It is luscious and expressive with a fragrant finish but has it the gravitas of a serious grand cru? Like most Charmes in 2006 it failed to inspire. Fine. From 2012Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Jan 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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