GEVREY CHAMBERTIN

2012 1er Cru Craipillot Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

EN PRIMEUR

Moderately saturated bright medium red. Plum, redcurrant, underbrush, iron and a whiff of tobacco on the nose. Juicy, minerally and dry, in a distinctly uncompromising style. Comes across as lighter and less silky today than the Vosne wines at this address but boasts terrific energy. Lay this one down. Drinking range: 2021 - 2032 Rating: 90+ Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Mar 2015)

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Made, as ever, with 100% whole bunches (like everything else at Confuron-Cotetidot), this 0.5ha plot mixes young and older vines. It’s more Chambolle than Gevrey in style, with the emphasis on elegance and supple flavours. But the whole bunches give it some sap. Light bodied and fine, with a sweet, red-fruited core. 2018-26 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)

A very slight whole-bunch character adds a wonderful herbal and menthol scent. Really delicious, warm, full body and lengthy, concentrated core. Expressive and characterful. 2017-2030 Rating: 17.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2014)

This is tight and unforthcoming though aggressive swirling manages to reveal ripe aromas of dark berries, earth and a hint of the sauvage. There is good detail and a beguiling sense of underlying tension that makes the medium weight flavors refreshing before culminating in a balanced but compact finish. This will also require at least a decade of cellar time to be at its best. 2022+ Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2014)

Bright medium red. Redcurrant aroma shows an element of dried berries. Juicy and spicy in the mouth, with a mineral quality giving the wine good cut and definition; still, this is a bit dry and lean today. Finishes with good floral length and some musky underbrush tones but is there enough mid-palate depth to support the firm tannins? Rating: 87-89 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)

Ripe aromatic, spicy nose and a sweet on the attack, generous palate. supple tannins. Smooth, velvety texture, very even and harmonious. Aromatic finish. This is a stonier and warmer climat than petit chapelle. From 2017. Rating: 18 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Dec 2013)

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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