2010 1er Cru Derrière la Grange Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot
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Vibrant deep colour. So sweet and winning, and yet with a profound depth of flavour and a rich tannic density. Very pure and long on cherries and cassis. Terrific flow. L&S (Nov 2011)
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There is an appealing sorbet-like character on the nose of this Chambolle with raspberry, freshly tilled earth and woodland aromas. It shows fine clarity and is slightly introspective. The palate is crisp and well-defined on the entry: structured and almost foursquare with a savoury touch on the finish. Tight, a bit mean at the moment but very fresh and complex. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Jul 2012)
Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Jan 2012)
A notably ripe nose of cassis, black cherry and rose petals marries into spicy, pure and refined middle weight flavors that exhibit fine richness and a silky mouth feel, all wrapped in a firm and moderately austere finish. I like the length and this is clearly quite different than the other 1ers in the range. 2022+ Rating: 90 - 93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2012)
Good intensity and high toned. Very expressive and aromatic. Lovely fruit on the attack. Really vivid and juicy and splashing. Sweetness, layering and depth in the middle with such sparkling energy to the fruit. Lovely balance with the fresh acidity. It tightens to a mineral, cool finish. This is quite complex and layered. Fine++ From 2016 Rating: 18.25 - 18.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Nov 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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