|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Vineyard||Lavaut Saint Jacques|
This is more restrained at the moment. The fruit has a darker tone and enormous concentration. You feel the mineral undertow much more than in the other premier crus. Then there's that immaculate texture and such appetising weight of fruit. The finish is astoundingly long and rather more savoury than the Craipillot. It's a beguiling mix of poise and power but it will need a bit of time to blossom fully. Drinking range: 2026 - 2036 L&S (Jan 2019)
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(from a .30 ha parcel). A more deeply pitched and overtly sauvage-inflected combination reveals notes of forest floor, humus and underbrush are trimmed in a gentle hint of wood. There is excellent intensity and punch to the tautly muscular and stony middle weight plus flavors that culminate in a dusty, youthfully austere and very serious finish. Patience absolutely essential. Drinking range: 2035 - Rating: 91-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2019)
This is straight and tight and mineral. Sweet red fruits. There is some strictness here, some cut, & a fresh grip. Ripe core, but tight edges. Will take a little more time. Good typicite. Rating: 18.5 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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