This vineyard is on the Vosne side of Nuits - and you sense that influence on the style here - even if the Confuron feel is still strong. There are violets on the nose, lovely floral dried petals and interesting deeply rich fruit. More serious middle. Firm core, some leather and stones. Tough earthy minerality. Powerful flavour, but delivered with a nice fine feel. Drinking range: 2023 - 2031L&S (Nov 2018)
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Here the wood treatment isn’t subtle and while it stops short of fighting with the spicy aromas of violet and red currant, it’s close. Otherwise there is terrific punch to the relatively refined medium-bodied flavors thanks to the dense but fine-grained tannins shaping the linear and somewhat strict finish. Like many of the wines in the range, this will definitely need time as it’s presently very tightly wound. Drinking range: 2032 - Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2019)
This is very ripe and full and juicy. It is quite a big wine. Super ripe aromatics, maybe if anything rather too opulently aromatic for me. Quite heady. Succulent. It’s full, but fresh enough to balance the rich, plummy fruit. Rating: 18.15 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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