2015 Grand Cru Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
55 year-old vines in les Treux. Different again after the Suchots, a sweet ripe elegance here, big body, and an extra dimension of something saline and savoury too. Intense, bold tannins and again huge length. Drinking range: 2025 - L&S (Nov 2016)
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Yves Confuron’s 0.4-hectare parcel was planted in the 1950s and is next to both Grands Echézeaux and the Clos de Vougeot. It’s a strapping, chunky, concentrated wine with lots of stemmy tannins, bold plum and blackberry fruit, fine acidity and layers of incense and Asian spices. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 96 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2017)
(from a .45 ha parcel in Les Treux where Clos de Vougeot meets Grands Echézeaux). Like the Suchots this is markedly floral in nature with a slightly darker fruit profile and an even wider range of spice elements. There is outstanding volume and richness to the palate soaking middle weight plus flavors that possess a seductive, even opulent texture on the firm and mocha-inflected finale. Once again, patience absolutely required. Drinking range: 2030 - Rating: 91-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2017)
(from the lieu-dit Les Treux, adjacent to Grands-Echézeaux): Dark ruby-red. Cool minty lift to the aromas of blackberry and licorice. At once densely packed and lively, conveying an impression of tactile concentration to its blackberry, boysenberry, crushed black cherry and spice flavors. Not as lush as the Suchots; in fact, utterly primary and unformed, with its tannins arriving earlier. Wonderfully pure wine. Rating: 92-95 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(Jan 2017)
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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