2013 Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Vougeot
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Clos Vougeot

A more rugged character than the Echezeaux, with fantastic depth. Very dark wild hedgerow fruit character, very expressive, a classic style with real grandeur. Drinking range: 2023 - L&S (Nov 2014)

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(from vines situated next to those of Faiveley and Prieur near the bottom of the slope on the Vougeot side). There is a bit more wood present on the agreeably fresh nose that is composed of earthy essence of red pinot fruit and ample floral influence. This is also relatively supple and forward relative to its usual heft though this is not without plenty of punch particularly on the balanced finish that is less austere than it usually is. 2023+ Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, 2015)

Yves Confuron’s sliver of Clos de Vougeot amounts to 0.25 hectares, running from the middle to the bottom of the Grand Cru. This is less marked by whole bunch aromas and flavours than some of the domaine’s wines. It’s quite light and refined, but there’s good tension and freshness here with some spice. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, 2015)

Moderately saturated medium red. Sappy aromas of cranberry, raspberry, cherry, spices, flowers and minerals, plus a whiff of iron. Surprisingly creamy on entry, then juicy, dry and light on its feet, offering red fruit, floral and spice flavors. Finishes saline and long, with a light touch and terrific energy. Leaves the salivary glands quivering. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035 Rating: 91-94 Stephen Tanzer, 2015)

This smells deep and ripe with red fruit. Rich on the attack, to a broad, dense and muscular palate. This is full throttle. The tannins are rich, thick and really spicy. That whole bunch spice really comes into its own balancing the burly ripe fruit. It is a strong wine; not heavy, and there is some charm in the sweetness of fruit. It’s not in the fashion for elegant Vougeots. This has the proper intensity and matter to be a big structural Clos de Vougeots. Rating: 19.35 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Nov 2014)

Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Vignerons since the seventeenth century, the Confuron family even have a strain of Pinot Noir named after them - Pinot Confuron. The domaine has several Grands Crus vineyards as well as the Premier Cru vineyard of Les Suchots, making it one of the very top domaines of the Côte de Nuits. Yves Confuron follows his family tradition of whole-bunch fermentation, giving an extra scent on the nose due to the stems of the grapes remaining intact, and picking very late. One of the strengths of Confuron Cotetidot wines is their ability to age and develop, due to the low yields and old vines that are used, causing them to be more approachable in the medium to long term.

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