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A deep richness on black fruit - pure dense and concentrated, this is one for the very long term. The finish is as finely tannic as you'd expect from the density, but every grain is juicy. Very long. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045 L&S (Oct 2020)
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The 2019 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots 1er Cru has a gorgeous bouquet with perfumed black cherry and blueberry fruit, wilted iris petals and just a faint of lavender scent. The palate is rounded on the entry with juicy ripe red fruit laced with clove and white peppers, quite savory towards the finish that just lacks the sophistication of other Les Suchots that I tasted. Not a bad Vosne-Romanée by any means, but it needs more finesse in the final quarter. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
An exuberantly spicy and manifestly ripe nose of poached plum, exotic tea and floral nuances gives way to suave, round, dense and seductively textured large-scaled flavors that are dusty, mouth coating and powerful though the finish is again noticeably warm. Drinking range: 2034 - 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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