2014 1er Cru Suchots Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot
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Creamy weight. Very ripe with a sweetness and spice. Almost a chocolate note. Certainly more spice than mere fruit aromas here. Great volume and very long too. Rather gorgeous. Drinking range: 2022 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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Deep red-ruby. Tight but tangy scents of black fruits, crushed stone, minerals and licorice, plus an exotic suggestion of white stone fruits. Wonderfully sappy, precise and energetic, conveying an impression of density without weight. This silky, refined wine is still a baby but its ripe, granular tannins and finishing juiciness suggest it will be a beauty with six or eight years of cellaring. Drinking range: 2023 - 2034 Rating: 93-93 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Mar 2017)
The 2014 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots was missing a little delineation on the nose, quite floral as a Suchots ought to be, yet without quite the same level of complexity as its peers. The palate is chewy on the entry, some leafiness tincturing the black fruit, leading to an earthy, slightly reduced finish that needs more finesse and charm. This is a difficult wine to understand. Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2016)
(the domaine is the largest holder in Suchots with an incredible 2.16 ha). An exuberantly spicy nose displays a plethora of floral nuances on the black cherry and cassis scents. There is outstanding concentration to the velvet-textured and broad-shouldered flavors that coat the palate with sap while buffering the very firm tannic spine on the equally well-balanced and again built-to-age finale. Here too patience is mandatory. Drinking range: - 2029 Rating: 92-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2016)
The Confurons’ four parcels of this top Vosne Premier Cru make up 2.15 hectares in total. This is a stylishly made wine, with well-integrated whole bunch characters, juicy summer berry flavours and undertones of tapenade and black olive. Savoury and very complex. 2020-28 Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2016)
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.
A selection of great drinking from the evocative villages of the Côte de Nuits.
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