NUITS SAINT GEORGES
2011 Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Nuits Saint Georges|
Dark rch fruit. Densely tannic, but a lovely feral richness and ripeness. Wine for rabbit stew! L&S (Jan 2013)
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Bright cherry red. Piercing clean red fruit flavours with a bit of sweetness on the end before a bit of astringency. Quite satisfying. Unscathed by bitter/nutty notes. 2016-2024 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2013)
(from 80+ year old vines in Bas de Combes). Not unexpectedly, this is notably earthier yet the proximity of Bas de Combes to Vosne is visible as the nose does not lack for spice notes on the very fresh and pure wild red berry aromas. There is fine precision and verve to the well-concentrated middle weight flavors that are supported by relatively fine tannins as there is only a trace of rusticity on the dusty and mouth coating finish. Lovely. 2019+ Rating: 88-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2013)
Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Dec 2012)
Au bas de combe. Herbal, minty notes. Black pastille fruit on the front of the palate. Lighter body than the Vosne. Plenty of tannins, but supple tannins. Ripe, ‘jam’ fruit on the finish and a little earthier. The finish is fresh and straight. Some good energy here. Good+. From 2016 Rating: 15.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Nov 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 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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