Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot 2007 'Les Suchots' Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru, Burgundy, France
Confuron-Cotetidot 2007 'Les Suchots' Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru, Burgundy, France *Library Release*
- Winemaker: Yves and Jean-Pierre Confuron
- Farming: Sustainable with Organic Practices aka "Lutte Raisonée"
- Variety: Pinot Noir
- Terroir: Nestled between Grand Crus of Richebourg, Romanée-St-Vivant, and Echézeaux, soils of limestone mixed with clayey marls
- Vinification: At harvest, triage is done both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Grapes are persistently harvested late to ensure the formation of ripe stems. Yves follows his family tradition of 100% whole-cluster fermentation, followed by long cuvaisons of two to three weeks.
- Aging: Barrel aging up to 2 years (New oak levels range from 20-30%). Bottled unfined and unfiltered
- Tasting Note: incredible aromatic intensity, spicy fruit, and an elegant minerality from their exceptional terroirs.
Brothers Yves and Jean-Pierre Confuron have carried on the traditions at the historic Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot that would certainly make their ancestors proud; the family continues to lead the way in séléction massale as it has since the 17th century, and even boasts a clone of the noble Pinot Noir in their name. The domaine remains one of the rare few to produce four village wines among 11 hectares in Burgundy’s prestigious Côte de Nuits (Nuits-St-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin), in addition to a number of premier cru and grand cru sites. Today, Yves directs the domaine and Jean-Pierre works in the cellar, while their parents Jacky and Bernadette work the vineyards as carefully as they have for more than fifty years. The success of the house style has earned the two respected roles as consultants to neighboring estates as well. Theirs is old-school red Burgundy at its best.
That the land has never seen synthetic herbicides or pesticides distinguishes Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot from the bulk of their peers in Burgundy, where more holistic vineyard practices can be a challenge. While they incorporate organic practices into their farming, they are not interested in being tied down by the strict confines that certifying agencies dictate. Regular plowing and short pruning (with an occasional green harvest) keep yields low, between 35-45 hl/ha, on what are generally very old vines. Harvests are always later than most to insure ripe stems. The grapes are then fermented in whole clusters, undergoing long cuvaisons of 2 to 3 weeks, and extended barrel-aging up to 2 years. New oak levels range from 10-20% in the village wines and up to 50% in the grand crus. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, the wines display incredible aromatic intensity, spicy fruit, and an elegant minerality from their exceptional terroirs.
- The Confurons have been vignerons since the 17th century during the reign of Louis XIV. Their specialty was, and continues to be, vine selection and propagation. They led the way in identifying top selections massales and even have a Pinot Noir clone in their name: Pinot Confuron.
- Along with their villages-level wines in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanee, Chambolly-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin, they have an impressive array of premier cru and grand cru sites including Vosne Suchots (they're one of largest holders), Echezeaux, Clos Vougeot, and tiny plots of Charmes Chambertin and Mazis Chambertin.
- Confuron-Coetetidot wines are built for the long haul, Old School if you will, and they have an amazing track record for blossoming after 10-15+ years of aging.