|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Vineyard||Derrière la Grange|
After the delicious Petite Chapelle, this came across and being dumb on the nose, but there's an underlying thick seriousness - lots of weight of fruit in a supple, full-bodied texture. Very serious. Lots of fine tannin and sapid fruit long on the finish. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045 L&S (Oct 2020)
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The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny Derrière La Grange 1er Cru has a detailed, floral bouquet, scents of rose petal and peony complementing the vivacious red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, one of Cotetidot’s most sapid offering this vintage, with good density on the Morey-like finish. Good potential. Drinking range: 2023 - 2036 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
Markedly ripe aromas of spicy and violet-suffused red and dark pinot fruit introduce sleek, mineral-inflected and delicious medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by moderately firm tannins on the long but noticeably warm finale. This isn’t elegant but the length is impressive. Drinking range: 2031 - Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2021)
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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