2013 1er Cru Derrière la Grange Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Chambolle Musigny
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Derrière la Grange

After the village wines, this shows another level of finesse of structure and supple flow. Fleshy, almost, mineral too, not really a fruit character, just a seamless vinous richness with a delicate freshness to the finish. Drinking range: 2022 - L&S (Nov 2014)

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Interestingly this is a bit less aromatically elegant though it is more complex with its range of plum, violet, anise and herbal tea scents. I like the delineation and intensity of the lightly mineral inflected medium-bodied flavors that deliver plenty of punch on the moderately structured finale that displays a touch of stems. 2021+ Rating: 89-91 Allen Meadows, (Jan 2015)

Dark red. Raspberry, cranberry and crushed rock on the pungent nose. Sappy and youthfully imploded, conveying a powerful impression of salinity and peppery lift to its crunchy red berry flavors. Pure crushed rock on the chewy, very long finish. Make sure to serve this with food if you open a bottle anytime soon. Drinking range: 2021 - 2032 Rating: 90-92 Susy Atkins, The Telegraph (Jan 2015)

This is juicy and a more refined. There is a finer layered structure and ripe fruit and freshness. There are plenty of tannins, but they are rich and smooth. After the rich and scented mid palate it is lively and aromatic on the finish. As might be expected quite a step up in complexity. From 2021 Rating: 18.45 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2014)

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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