Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot, Vosne Romanée 1er Cru ‘Suchots’ 2014

£121.50 (75cl)

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SKU: BUCC0514B

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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):

Mid to deep cherry red. Intense and spicy on the nose. Ripe, pure cherry fruit. On the palate, all that fruit is there, encased in chalky fine tannins, everything in embryo thanks to that texture. Wait. Points: 17. Date Tasted: 13/01/2016

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (robertparker.com):

The 2014 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots was missing a little delineation on the nose, quite floral as a Suchots ought to be, yet without quite the same level of complexity as its peers. The palate is chewy on the entry, some leafiness tincturing the black fruit, leading to an earthy, slightly reduced finish that needs more finesse and charm. This is a difficult wine to understand. (Neal Martin) Issue Date: 29/01/2016

Burghound (burghound.com):

An exuberantly spicy nose displays a plethora of floral nuances on the black cherry and cassis scents. There is outstanding concentration to the velvet-textured and broad-shouldered flavors that coat the palate with sap while buffering the very firm tannic spine on the equally well-balanced and again built-to-age finale. Here too patience is mandatory. Points 92-94. Issue: 61

Regions Vintage Report:

“Charming, fresh & balanced – very Burgundian.” The end of winter and early spring of 2014 were markedly mild, sunny and largely dry. Vine bud-burst was therefore early and led to thoughts of a potential late August harvest. However this benevolent weather pattern did not continue with much of May being cooler and damper than usual; the net result was that the vines’ development was slowed. Flowering in the first week of June passed off successfully giving rise to hopes of a bountiful vintage – much needed after a sequence of several smaller than average crops. June was dry and warm, for the most part, with occasional spikes in heat to over 30°C. The harvest was now expected to begin around the 10-12th September. The month though had not run its course before certain vignerons’ luck ran out as there was a savage hail storm that hit Meursault, Volnay, Pommard and Beaune – for the 3 rd year in succession! Cruel indeed. The worst hit domaines lost 50% of potential earnings, with cru by cru losses varying between 40%-80%. The weather in July was decidedly mixed with only very few hot, sunny periods being scattered amongst predominately rainy, cool conditions. Rot was a constant threat and for some, especially on the Côte de Nuits, the presence of the Asian vinegar fly was another problem to face, as these unwelcome pests pierce the berries causing the juice to turn acetic. Vigilance and strict sorting was necessary in the vineyards where these challenges occurred. August too, continued to be unseasonably cool and damp. The grapes were only slowly nearing full ripeness. September dawned and the weather changed. Settled, sunny conditions set in with a cool drying north wind – prayers had been answered! There were a couple of rain storms, but essentially the month was dry enabling the grapes to ripen sufficiently and the harvest to take place in good weather. Some growers chose to pick before the rain in order to retain freshness and edge in their wines, whilst others chose to harvest after the rain in the hope of attaining extra ripeness. Both choices seem to have their successes. The finest wines show precision, clarity of fruit, excellent balance and an authenticity that is very Burgundian. The greatest reds offer fine aromatics, honesty, purity and elegance, with more fruit ripeness and weight than 2013; whilst the best whites marry a fine, focused linearity and tension with a juiciness of ripe fruit. Alcohol degrees, in general, are tempered and minerality/salinity is marked ensuring that the best wines are very appetising. The 2014 Chablis vintage stands out for exhibiting excellent verve and typicité and with good ageing potential. A widely noted refreshing drinkability is a key element of the success of 2014 Burgundy and the deft hand of the more sensitive winemakers has clearly adapted well to the relative delicacy of the 2014 fruit. Here the myriad of terroirs, that is so much a part of Burgundy, express themselves with clarity and finesse. 2014, like 2013 before it, may not be a vintage of intense structure and richness but its inherent restraint, finesse and precision allow the taster to savour many of the intriguing intricacies of wines from this most compelling of wine-producing regions. Volumes, overall, are more plentiful than in recent vintages, except for those embattled growers in the Volnay/Pommard sector where the hail caused such devastating damage. Volumes are also a problem in parts of the Côte de Nuits where the Asian vinegar fly impact was at its worst. Some growers feel that 2014 can be compared to vintages like 2008 but with more weight (for whites) or 2012, 2000 or 1999 for red. In any case, the quality and style of 2014 will bring hugely pleasurable drinking over the short to medium term. For our Burgundy 2014 En Primeur offer, we are pleased to say that we have once again managed to reduce our pricing in many instances, 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 2016 ©adVINture 2020

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