|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
This is alive with energy. Pings around your mouth. Despite the epic scale and density. Laden with lovely, brooding wild-berry fruit. The rich, concentrated middle,is dominated by dark fruit but with a lovely weight a lovely ripeness. Framed closely for now with fine, supple tannins - but the depth of fruit, the acidity and the drive are all there. This is very impressive indeed. This has a lot to give, one for the cellar. Drinking range: 2024 - 2034 L&S (Nov 2018)
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(from vines situated next to those of Faiveley and Prieur near the bottom of the slope on the Vougeot side). Here too the nose exhibits nothing more than reduction and wood. There is first-rate intensity to the muscular, precise and dense big-bodied flavors that conclude in an austere, backward and impressively powerful finish. This is potentially excellent but it is at present an undifferentiated block and will definitely not make for interesting early drinking. Drinking range: 2037 - Rating: 92-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2019)
Coffee aroma with ripe blackberry. This packs a punch. Powerful, sturdy and dense. Classic, traditional, quality Clos Vougeot. The tannins have substance and give the freshness. Long finish. Because of the softer acidity, it is not a block buster, but has buster proportions never--the-less. Rating: 19.25 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2018)
If it's concentration and intensity that you're looking for in your Clos de Vougeot, as well as tannic backbone and slightly higher alcohol than the norm, you've come to the right place. Easy to taste young this is not, with its firm, slightly forbidding extraction and aromas of of Islay malt whisky. But dig below the surface and the fruit is there, waiting to be revealed by time and patience. Drinking range: 2027 - 2037 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW - Decanter(Oct 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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