2009 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot
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Lovely lift and precision like the Nuits Vignes Rondes, and this has more spice and elegance, and an oaky, close texture, very fine and tense and poised. Seriously excellent. L&S (Dec 2010)
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Opulent. Rich and fleshy, but streamed with fresh acidity. It is a rich and rounded Suchots. It has power. The gloss of the vintage cloaks the burly structural mature of Suchots. Unlike the 2010 you must leave this, at least until 2020. I prefer the energetic 2010, but there is not denying this is a wine which will develop long term. Rating: 18.75 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2014)
The nose is packed with concentrated fruit with the black fruits appearing to dominate but behind them is red cherry and mulberry. The ripeness enriches the mid palate yet there is enough freshness and structure to balance. 2014-20 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Still a little backward when I tasted it in January, but there’s no denying the quality here: leafy, quite firm, with marked acidity for the vintage and a fresh, tangy finish. 5-10+ years. Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Feb 2011)
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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