|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Good red fruit - riper middle, yet compacted nicely. So much going this will need time. Intense, lovely mineral feel and drive. Such polished tannins again. Lovely matiere, bright and bouncy too. Great stuff - brilliantly balanced. L&S (Oct 2017)
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(from a rocky, well-drained site that's quite sunny in summer but also refreshed by cool breezes through the combe): Bright ruby-red. Urgent aromas of crushed black cherry, cassis, minerals, spices and violet, plus a hint of coffee. Sharply delineated but tightly wound, even compressed, showing less personality in the early going than the Gevrey villages. But boasts lovely purity and lift to its dark fruit, spice and saline mineral flavors. Juicy rather than thick, this premier cru really dances on the palate, with fine tannins arriving late. Rating: 91-93 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Feb 2018)
Cask sample. Black cherry, liquorice, cedar – this could almost be a Merlot, from that description! Certainly a fuller style of burgundy, and the tannin needs some time to soften. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2018)
(from a .50 ha parcel). Pungent notes of wood and reduction presently dominate the nose. Otherwise the detailed, cool and relatively refined middle weight flavors possess a lovely sense of underlying tension while delivering focused power on the sappy and youthfully austere finish. Patience advised. Drinking range: 2028 - Rating: 90-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)
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. Defending his decision to pick late, he once said 'you miss the differentiation between vintages' if you don't - making 'cut-and-paste' wines which are the same every year... if you pay for a seat at the opera, you don't want to hear a variety singer'.
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