2010 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot
|Côte de Nuits
Regal. A boundary-reaching off-drive, straight off the the sweet-spot - cassis and complex black fruit in a wonderful energy-filled blast. Huge power combined with lively bright freshness. Long-term. L&S (Nov 2011)
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An ultra-elegant nose displays admirably pure red berry fruit, floral and spice notes. There is equally good purity to the rich, intense and remarkably vibrant flavors that possess excellent volume along with an abundance of dry extract that confers a velvety texture to the linear, well-balanced and moderately austere finish. It is a very good thing that there is so much sap because this is especially firmly structured and will need every bit of 20+ years in this format (tasted from magnum) to fully resolved the prominent underlying tannins. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Nov 2014)
Red cherry fruit. It has an intense aroma. Very juicy on the attack. This is vigorous with splashing red fruit. Saturated and fresh. The tannins are firm, ripe and very neat. They sit streamlined in the palate. Nothing out of place here. There is a harmony with striking vivacity. You could drink this now. It is surprisingly accessible now, but wait until 2020. Such an accommodating wine..tasting so well now, but with the capacity to age. Rating: 18.85 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2014)
The nose is sweet lovely and fragrant with red fruits tending to dominate the start of the palate. Towards the back the layers of fruit give complexity the richness nicely balanced by red fruited freshness. The finish is quite light but has elegance. 2015-22 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
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. Defending his decision to pick late, he once said 'you miss the differentiation between vintages' if you don't - making 'cut-and-paste' wines which are the same every year... if you pay for a seat at the opera, you don't want to hear a variety singer'.
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