2013 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Lovely inviting nose, and a round and almost oily full palate, compact and concentrated fruit, and the tannins build with the fruit in harmony, and a touch of spice on the finish. L&S (Nov 2014)
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(the domaine is the largest holder in Suchots with an incredible 2.16 ha). An openly spicy and highly floral nose features notes of plum, exotic tea and red pinot fruit. The supple and relatively round medium weight flavors possess a suave and almost creamy mid-palate yet they tighten up quickly on the very firm, mouth coating and impressively long finish. This will also require time yet also be reasonably accessible young if desired. 2025+ Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2015)
Scented, sweet and rich. Super charming. An undertow of chestnut but really very refined and energetic. Quite racy really with a hint of spearmint. Drinking range: 2019 - 2028 Rating: 17+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2015)
Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.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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