|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Nuits Saint Georges|
Initially a sense of brightness and mineral lift, then a gradual build of Nuits structural tannin. Juice all the way through, shows great promise. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2016)
Mid bright crimson. Pale rim. Heady, liqueur-like nose. Crackling texture, with bitter herbs and bone dry on the end after some seductive fruit. Very energetic and rewarding though now just a little dry on the end. Drinking range: 2017 - 2021 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2016)
(from 80+ year old vines in Bas de Combes). This is also notably spicy and floral but with much more earth elements present on the purple fruit scented nose. There is excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the middle weight flavors that possess a seductive texture before terminating in a moderately rustic but impressively persistent finish. The dry extract is so abundant that this will be approachable young but if you wish to see it at its apogee it will be necessary to have plenty of patience. Drinking range: - 2026 Rating: 89-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2016)
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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