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Average critic rating : 91.0 points



Matured in 75% new oak with 25% whole-bunch fruit, the 2013 Clos Vougeot has a backward nose at first, unfolding with flinty blackcurrant and cassis notes that carry a surfeit of mineralité. The palate is medium-bodied, with soft tannin: deep blackcurrant and raspberry coulis notes smothered over a caressing finish. This is a fine Clos Vougeot determined to make an impression, but one that will require several years in bottle. This is a worthy follow-up to the 2012.||Alain Meunier greeted me at his domaine opposite Domaine de l’Arlot in Premaux Prissey, forgiving my tardiness having sped down from up in the Hautes Côtes (I had been told the location of the only restaurant where you can buy Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s unicorn wine, their Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc off a list…I mean, how would you spend your lunchtime?) Alain told me that he started the harvest at the beginning of October and faced a depleted crop because of the flowering, some 40% down for the year. The malolactics finished the end of July, so that’s not as tardy as some other growers. Keeping true to the style of the domaine, there is a generous use of new oak here. Even the generic red Burgundy benevolently receives 20% new oak, 100% for the flagship Romanée-Saint-Vivant. I felt it worked better for some more than others in 2013, that let’s not forget, did not bestow vignerons with the power and substance of the previous year. Occasionally, the new oak seemed to obstruct the terroir expression and at other times, such as the Nuits Saint Georges Boudots, it was beautifully interwoven into the fruit. In 2013 at this address, that fruit is resolutely on the black rather than the red side of the color spectrum. While they do not quite match the outstanding 2012s that I tasted last year, these are still well-crafted wines, especially for those that prefer what you might call a more modern style of Burgundy wine. Confuron’s wines are sleek and, you might say, sexy. There’s nothing wrong with that. N.B. The Vosne Romanée les Beaux Monts that had just been racked and was inappropriate for tasting., 2014


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