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2010 1er Cru Les Vignes Rondes Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Nuits Saint Georges
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Les Vignes Rondes

After the bright dancing movement of the Chambolle 1er Cru, the Vignes Rondes seems deeply taciturn and grumpy, just a whiff of black fruits on the nose. But the palate is a different story, generous, rounded, sweet, opulent, the tannins are all there, but this is very much the suave, gentle, round tannin of the vineyards bordering Vosne rather than the aggression of some of the wines to the south of the town. L&S (Nov 2011)

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The nose does not quite have the same crystalline quality of its peers, although there is certainly a lot of brambly red fruit waiting to come out. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline touch on the entry, a vice-like grip with a dense, masculine, tannic finish. This is a little bruiser that needs several years in bottle. Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Jul 2012)

Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Jan 2012)

Mid crimson. Pretty ripe nose – very purple fruits! Tight and dry and lacking really fruit density in the middle. Seems to eat itself. 2017-2024 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2012)

A spicy and distinctly earthy nose of ripe red and somber dark berry fruit slides gracefully into robust, intense and impressively rich flavors that display excellent size and weight as well as a textured mouth feel. This is also very firm but there is plenty of tannin-buffering extract and coats the palate on the driving and markedly persistent finish. This should be excellent if given sufficient time that it will very much need. 2025+ Rating: 91 - 94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2012)

Dark fruit, bramble and well ripened on the nose. Very juicy and succulent, but fresh on the palate. Soft tannins, supple and smooth. Velvet textured. Very well mannered. Good typicité. From 2016 Rating: 18 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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