2019 1er Cru Lavaut Saint Jacques Domaine J. Confuron Cotetidot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Gevrey Chambertin
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Lavaut Saint Jacques

Normally tighter at this stage because it is cooler up the Combe de Lavaux. Very black expression, and yes, it is tight, but it has a lovely cool expression of black fruit and a seamless intensity, just popping with a touch of saline on the finish. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045 L&S (Oct 2020)

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The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has a little more depth and amplitude compared to the preceding Craipillot. Disarmingly pure red berry fruit lace with crushed stone and subtle undergrowth/loamy notes. The palate is well balanced with sappy red berry fruit, cohesive from the start with gentle grip and an underlying sapidity that becomes more prominent towards the finish. Add this to the canon of excellent Lavaut Saint-Jacques in this vintage. Drinking range: 2022 - 2038 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, (Jan 2021)

A broad-ranging nose displays hints of the sauvage, forest floor and herbal tea to the mostly cool dark pinot fruit scents. The denser and much more muscular middle weight plus flavors flash an abundance of minerality on the powerful, focused and well-delineated finish. This youthfully austere effort is also very clearly built-to-age and a wine that’s going to need it. Drinking range: 2034 - Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, (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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