2012 Cotes de Nuits Villages Les Vignottes Jean-Jacques Confuron

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Average critic rating : 88.0 points



The 2012 Cote de Nuits La Vignottes comes from 40-year old vines that surround the maison in Premeaux-Prissey. It has a very attractive, refined bouquet with black fruits rather than red, whilst the palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins, nicely judged acidity and a succulent pastille-like finish. I would afford this two or three years in bottle, although it will be difficult to resist temptation. ||My final visit of the day was to Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron, just up the Route Nationale from Domaine de l’Arlot in Premeaux-Prissey. It took me a while to engineer the car into the courtyard since a man-eating hound refused to budge out of the way of the vehicle. It would probably not go down well with winemaker, Alain Meunier, had I run the mutt over. Alain’s father-in-law was Jean-Jacques Confuron, a quietly spoken gentleman who has done much to make this one of the most sought after domaines in Nuits Saint Georges. The domaine includes 8.5-hectares of vines in the Cote de Nuits that have been farmed organically since 1989, the portfolio crowned by a parcel in Romanee-Saint-Vivant, a thin but precious strip to the north of the climat, sandwiched between Alain Hudelot-Noellat and Lalou Bize-Leroy. Though usually most of the fruit is de-stemmed, Alain told me that this year the premier and grand crus include 20% whole clusters. The use of new oak here is quite pronounced relative to others: 30% for the village crus, between 40% and 50% for the premier crus and over 60% for the grand crus, but I did not find it excessive and it was beautifully knitted into the fabric of these 2012s, especially his sumptuous grand crus that should easily age over 20 or 30 years. I look forward to visiting once again - mindful of not running over the dog of course. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013


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