2010 1er Cru Arvelets Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District C么te d'Or
Sub-district C么te de Beaune
Village Pommard
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Arvelets

Like the village Pommard, another big wine. At this very young moment the tannins are almost eye-watering, but they are always shot though with fruit and energy, and the wine is all in place, pure and long. L&S (Nov 2011)

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Sourced from very red soils 鈥 鈥渢he reddest I know in Burgundy鈥, says Yves Confuron 鈥 this is perfumed, yet almost austere, with focused, minerally fruit flavours of red cherry and raspberry and chiselled line and length. 2015-25 (94/100) Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Feb 2012)

Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jan 2012)

This is more elegant still with the same exceptionally pure, airy and cool red pinot fruit nose that is in keeping with the lilting and mineral-infused flavors that are underpinned by firm and dusty tannins, all wrapped in a focused, linear and balanced finish. This very tightly wound effort is impressive but it too will require an ample amount of cellar time. 2022+ Rating: 90 - 92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2012)

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 Roman茅e 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 Th茅venets with their whites in the M芒connais, 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 C么te 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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