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Tasted after the Echezeaux in the cellar with Yves there is a more delicate, layered nose here - with dried herbs and more leafy edged fruit. The fruit is brighter too, more acidity and perk - but delicious and so rich for the house, so smoothly fruited despite only a third way through the malo wehn we tasted. A powerfully stacked Charmes, but loaded with rich intensity. This is generous and delicious. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 L&S (Nov 2018)
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(from a .30 ha parcel in Charmes proper). Reduction and wood aromas reveal little else. There is terrific punch to the beautifully well-detailed middle weight plus flavors that exude a lovely sense of underlying tension on the solidly persistent finish. This isn’t as dense as the Clos de Vougeot but it is a bit finer but even so, plenty of patience will still be necessary. Drinking range: 2035 - Rating: 91-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2019)
This is quite heady, rich and full and powerful. Just finishing MLF. This is ripe and richly rounded. Full- blown and full bodied. It has florid aromatics and rich generosity and length.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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