2010 1er Cru Lavaut Saint Jacques 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 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Lavaut Saint Jacques

Really mineral. Extremely sophisticated gliding and lifted. Straight-backed and verging on austere, but with charm and great length. L&S (Jan 2012)

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There is a red fruited fragrance on the nose but the start of the palate is richer with quite firm black cherry. The mid palate is full of ripe flavours the tannins are rounded giving suppleness. The fruit lasts well on the finish. 2015-22 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, 2013)

The Lavaut St Jacques has a very pure, more rounded bouquet than the Suchots (I personally would have anticipated it to be the other way round at this stage.) The palate is medium-bodied with an aloof entry. It is masculine with firm backbone, copious dark berries laced with bell pepper that leads to a vibrant mineral-rich finish. This will need time in bottle. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, 2012)

Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes 2012)

Very mild reduction does not completely hide the otherwise pretty and notably cool red berry, floral and stone-inflected aromas that complement well the minerally, detailed, supple and impressively intense medium-bodied flavors that possess an obvious touch of the sauvage on the herbal, focused and strikingly long finish that is, at present anyway, overtly austere. This is a classic Lavaut with an abundance of underlying tension and very firm supporting tannins. Ample patience will be required. 2025+ Rating: 91 - 93 Allen Meadows, 2012)

Neat nose without anything out of place. Sweet start. Just a tad muted but should deliver pleasure. 2015-2022 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2012)

Very pure and lifted. This is airy and harmonious. It is really quite refined. Light and delicate. It pirouettes across the palate shimmering with minerality. Lovely long finish. Natural harmony and finesse. Fine to very fine. From 2016 Rating: 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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