2017 Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Plump red fruit and a heady rose water nose. This is just so open and inviting. Plenty of richness on the palate too and a satisfying bit of grip on the finish. A very impressive village Chambolle. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 L&S (Jan 2019)
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(from hillside fruit). A ripe, fresh and cool nose is composed by more elegant notes of red currant, plum, earth and lavender wisps. There is at once excellent richness but also fine delineation to the mineral-driven middle weight flavors that possess a relatively refined mouthfeel, all wrapped in a driving finish that possesses very good cut and length. This is undeniably pretty but that doesn’t necessarily mean more accessible. Drinking range: 2029 - Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2019)
Pale garnet. Fresh, almost raw – very different from their Vosne village wine. Much more transparent. Racy. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2019)
Super ripe, full and very spicy. Star anise spices on the finish. This is quite heady at the moment. Not elegant, but substantial. Rounded and full-boded Chambolle with a rich mid palate and a light minty lift at the end. Rating: 16 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Dec 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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