Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot, Vosne Romanée 1er Cru ‘Suchots’ 2013

£121.50 (75cl)

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SKU: BUCC0513B

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Domaine Confuron-Cotétidot was created in 1964 with the marriage of legendary winemaker Jean-Jacques “Jacky” Confuron to
Bernadette Cotétidot. Jacky has since relinquished day-to-day operation of the domaine to his two sons, Yves and Jean-Pierre. With old vines spread over four villages in the Côte de Nuits, the domaine claims a very impressive array of village, Premier and Grand Cru sites. In general, the goal is to rely on their low-yielding, late picked old vines (average 65-70 years) in order to capture each vineyard’s true character, preferring a minimalist approach in the cellar so as to achieve optimum expression. While the style here is “traditional”, it is also ample and rich with plenty of vibrant fruit from whole bunch fermentation. The wines age brilliantly. Harvest here is always late in order to ensure the grapes are truly ripe. A long cuvaison (2-3 weeks) followed by barrel ageing for almost two years prior to bottling without fining and filtration. New oak is kept to a minimum with only minimal sulphur additions.

Unusual for Burgundy, Confuron-Cotétidot’s vines have never been treated with herbicides or pesticides. In charge of Domaine de Courcel during the mornings, Yves Confuron returns to look after the 11ha family domaine for the rest of the day, helped by his brother Jean-Pierre who also vinifies wines for Domaine Chanson. This is one of the most serious and consistent domaines in the Côte d’Or and even the village wines are superb! However, it is the Premier Cru ‘Suchots’ that is many followers’ favourite.



Jancis Robinson (Purple Pages jancisrobinson.com):

Scented, sweet and rich. Super charming. An undertow of chestnut but really very refined and energetic. Quite racy really with a hint of spearmint. Points: 17 Date Tasted: 14/01/2015

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (robertparker.com):

Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Suchots has a sweet bouquet with crushed strawberry and kirsch, a touch of volatile acidity noticeable though it does not knock the aromatics off kilter. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, layers of quite extracted black cherry and mulberry fruit, quite bold and forward if missing some sophistication on the finish. Not quite firing on all cylinders for me, especially compared to its peers. Tasted September 2016. (Neal Martin) Points: 89 Issue Date: 30/11/2016

Burghound (burghound.com):

An openly spicy and highly floral nose features notes of plum, exotic tea and red pinot fruit. The supple and relatively round medium weight flavors possess a suave and almost creamy mid-palate yet they tighten up quickly on the very firm, mouth coating and impressively long finish. This will also require time yet also be reasonably accessible young if desired. Points 90-93. Issue: 57

Regions Vintage Report:

Hot on the heels of the very small 2012 vintage, comes another Burgundian crop with significantly reduced yields. The extremely difficult, and in many cases, devastating climatic conditions, once again tested the resolve and the skills of vignerons across the region. Those growers who are diligent throughout the year and who have an intimate understanding of their various vineyard plots have risen to the challenge, crafting some very fine, elegantly expressive Burgundy wines. The spring was unseasonably cold and wet with both April and May bringing high levels of rainfall and below average temperatures. Flowering was going to be delayed, disturbed and uneven. So it proved to be, especially as June’s weather was only marginally better. The potential size of the crop was already compromised. In July the weather did, at last, warm up but, sadly, with increased humidity and risk of mildew and storms. A hugely destructive hail storm on the 23rd of the month scythed its brutal path through parts of Meursault, Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses. In these villages, damage varied between 50-100%. This disaster followed the 70-90% loss in Volnay and Pommard in 2012! In August the humid conditions continued to prevail making vigilant vineyard work essential in order to combat the ever present threat of mildew. September, mercifully, brought several days of fine weather that helped the well-tended fruit to ripen sufficiently. The harvest began in earnest towards the end of month and continued well into October, some 2-3 weeks later than normal. Selecting the best picking dates was particularly critical this year, with different parcels reaching phenolic ripeness at different times, and to complicate matters further, when the desired level of ripeness did arrive, it arrived very quickly, especially in Chablis. The pressure and stress on the growers was intense juggling the wait for fruit maturity against the risk of autumn weather conditions deteriorating. This was not a vintage of blanket decisions. Likewise, diligent sorting of the fruit both in the vineyard and the cuverie was key to ultimate quality. Notwithstanding the enormous challenges faced by Burgundian growers this year, the resulting quality of the best wines of 2013 is impressive – an eloquent reflection of their efforts and skills. It is not, by any means, a consistent vintage. Only where hard graft and an intimate understanding of the terroir and vines have worked in tandem, have growers delivered a winning result. The finest white wines show plenty of vibrant fresh citrus fruit, with excellent balance, tension and poise. The best red wines offer fine aromatics, honesty, purity and elegance. The deft hand of the more sensitive winemakers has clearly adapted to the relative delicacy of the 2013 fruit. There is a distinctly appetising profile to many wines. The myriad of terroirs, that is so much a part of Burgundy, express themselves with clarity and finesse. 2013 may not be a vintage of intense structure and richness but its inherent restraint and precision allow the taster to savour many of the intriguing intricacies of wines from this most compelling of wine producing regions. There is less fruit weight than 2012 and less structure and scale than 2010. Some growers feel that 2013 can be compared to vintages like 2004 or 2007 but with more fruit and concentration, particularly for the white wines with their racy, linear profile, or maybe a cross between 2008/2011. In any case, the quality and style of 2013 will bring much pleasurable drinking over the short to medium term. In many instances we have managed to reduce our offer pricing this year, thanks to a restrained approach from a number of growers in tandem with a beneficial movement in the £/€ exchange rate. Christian Honorez & Neil Sommerfelt MW January 2015 ©adVINture 2020

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