2016 Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
This is direct, clean with a good minerally grip. Firm and quite taut feel to the fruit, this is the Confuron way. Lovely fruit. Dark and joyous. Long. Intense and great depth of black plum and blackberries that just add a burst of good acidity. Long and delicious feel. L&S (Oct 2017)
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A ripe, fresh and brooding nose is notably spicier with its dense aromas of cassis, black cherry and sandalwood hints. The mouthfeel of the palate coating flavors is both finer and more seductive with excellent depth and length. This very firm effort is a very fine Vosne villages built for medium-term cellaring. Drinking range: 2026 - Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2018)
Cask sample. Rich black fruit on the nose, and very firm, forbidding tannin on the palate. Not as velvety as Vosne can be. In fact, seems to finish with rather a tough husk on the finish. Drinking range: 2026 - 2044 Rating: 16 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.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
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