2008 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%
Vineyard Charmes Chambertin

Opulent certainly, but with malo not done it is hard to see the 'charm' side. Lots of dark fruit and chew, but still barely evolved. L&S (Dec 2009)

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Medium red. Wild nose offers game and dried flowers, plus a minty nuance. Concentrated, supple and sweet, with floral red berry flavors perked up by a pungent mineral quality. Not a big wine but offers intriguing sappy and candied qualities. The peppery, spicy finish shows fine, broad tannins and lovely lift and definition. Rating: 90-93 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(Mar 2010)

Expressively perfumed and spicily exotic. Immediately expansive on the palate. It is broad and perfumed. It is relatively loosely textured and structured for grand cru, but has delicious deep fruit. Inviting and generous, lifted with freshness. A long and perfumed, spicy finish. Fine to Fine+. From 2015/16 Rating: 18 - 18.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Jan 2010)

Generous cherry and raspberry nose; rich and powerful, concentrated and tannic, has plenty of drive and complexity. Good length. 17.5.Stephen Brook, 2010)

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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