2012 Nuits St Georges Les Boudots Jean-Jacques Confuron



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Average critic rating : 91.0 points

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Reduction completely dominates the nose. There is excellent concentration to the suave, round and highly seductive medium-bodied flavors that possess genuinely excellent depth and plenty of inner mouth perfume on the balanced and beautifully long finish. While Boudots is typically a moderately powerful wine, in 2012 there is more finesse and refinement than usual. Well worth considering. Tasted: Jan 15, 2014. Drink: 2022+

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The 2012 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots comes from 0.30-hectare parcel of vines towards the north of the appellation that was planted in 1950. Therefore the sensual Vosne-like nose comes as no surprise, springing subtle cooked meat notes into the mix. I can imagine this becoming quite gamey in its adolescence. The palate is dense and slightly “furry” tannins compared to the razor-sharp Chambolle premier cru, with good depth on the bullish, assertive finish. This is full of rustic charm. Although the domaine owns 0.50-hectares in Chaboeufs, part of the vineyard was pulled up in 2011 leaving just 0.18-hectares in production, an original planting from 1957. ||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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