|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Similarly spot-on as the Vosne, with just a little more volume, and grippier on the finish. Very good village Gevrey. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S (Nov 2014)
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(the majority of this comes from Champs-Chenys, which is situated next to Charmes and it tends to be more elegant than most Gevrey villages wines). A cool and relatively refined nose features notes of various red berries, underbrush, humus and plenty of earth. I like the sense of purity and minerality of the well-detailed and intense mediumbodied flavors that culminate in a linear, dry and austere finish. This may flesh out further in time but it seems a bit less promising than the other villages wines in the range. 2019+ Rating: 87-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2015)
Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2015)
Medium red. Strawberry and game on the nose, complicated by flinty minerality. A sweet, intensely fruity village wine with noteworthy éclat--elegant, ripe, juicy and persistent. Tannins are nicely enrobed on the ripe back end. Offers plenty of early sex appeal. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 88-90 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(Jan 2015)
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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