2017 Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
Other Practising Organic
District C么te d'Or
Sub-district C么te de Nuits
Village Chambolle Musigny
ABV 13%

Light to medium deep colour, quite elegant nose, more red fruit than floral, with a heartening middle ground of sweet red cherry fruit, the oak tannins behind do not get in the way, good length and just enough acidity. I prefer this to their 2018. Tasted: September 2019 **** Rating: 90 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy (Sep 2019)

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Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron

Domaine 鈥楯J鈥 Confuron is named after the father of Sophie Meunier, who now runs the domaine with her husband Alain Meunier. Gradually they are handing it over to their son Louis.

The domaine goes back to the marriage in 1926 of Jean Confuron de Vosne and Anne-Marie Bouchard de Premeaux, starting with the vines that they both inherited. Together, they acquired more and started selling their own bottled wine in the early 1930s. Jean died in 1965. They had two sons, Christian and Jean-Jacques, who worked together until 1980. Jean-Jacques set up his own estate in 1981, but he died in January 1983. From then on it was his wife Andr茅e No毛llat and his daughter Sophie who took care of the estate. Sophie met Alain Meunier at the Lyc茅e agricole in Beaune and from the 1985 harvest they worked together. In 1988, Andr茅e received one hectare of vines from her grandfather Charles No毛llat's domaine, which included the important parcels in Roman茅e St-Vivant, Nuits Boudots and Vosne Beaux Monts.

Since Louis has taken over the winemaking there have been some changes, but as they have no fixed 'recipe' it is hard to be precise - the levels of new wood seem to have dropped slightly, and like a lot of growers Louis has used some whole-bunch fermentation. On the whole they are relatively early pickers, and the wines have a generous depth of fruit. Although they have been organic since the 1990's Louis is concerned that the soils are still not in the best of health, so he is trying grassing over - but is concerned that this can mean competition for the vines and lower yields. In general he's trying to improve biodiversity in the vineyards, but says that they are going at it by feel, with small changes to see what works - a very practical hands-on approach. He spends 80% of his time tending the vines, and is working to make the plants more resistant to disease and rot.

The domaine is now at around 9.22 hectares, made up of 0.65 vines in IGP Auxois, in the commune of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain (where the Johnny Depp Juliette/Binoche film 'Chocolat' was made), some Aligot茅, and:
Bourgogne Rouge 1.5ha
C么te de Nuits-Villages 'au Leurey' 0.14ha
C么te de Nuits-Villages 'La Montagne' white. In the village of Corgoloin, planted in 2007 0.355 ha.
C么te de Nuits-Villages 'La Montagne' red 0.283 ha.
C么te de Nuits-Villages 'Les Vignottes' in the village of Premeaux-Prissey, planted in the 1980s, 1.263 ha.
Nuits Saint-Georges 'Les Fleuri猫res' planted in the 1970s, 1.23 ha.
Chambolle-Musigny planted in the 1960s, 50% from Les Condemennes and 25% each from Pas de Chat and Derri猫re le Four 1.115 ha
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Chab艙ufs one third planted in 1979, the rest in 2012. 0.48 ha.
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, from Chatelots and Feusselottes, one third planted in the 1940s, the rest in the 1960s 0.35 ha.
Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots planted in the 1950s 0.3 ha.
Vosne-Roman茅e 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts planted in 1945 0.3 ha.
Clos-Vougeot Grand Cru planted in 1965 0.5 ha.
Roman茅e Saint-Vivant Grand Cru planted in 1922 0.5 ha.

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