2013 Romanee St Vivant Jean-Jacques Confuron

The "outstanding" 2013 Romanee St Vivant from Jean-Jacques Confuron ia a gem with magnificent potential which represents significant value for the quality on show.


A superb vineyard in an enviable position right next to Romanee-Conti, Romanee St. Vivant sits comfortably at the top table in terms of quality and prestige. Meadows has made his thoughts on this grand cru very clear: “a wine of dazzling brilliance… takes its rightful place among the world’s greatest wines.” Jean-Jacques Confuron produces consistently world-class Romanee St Vivant and the 2013 showcases just how good it can be. With a high score from Neal Martin it is just a point behind what will be the hyper-expensive efforts from Leroy and Dujac and just two points behind Domaine de la Romanee Conti’s 2013

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Average critic rating : 93.5 points



A notably more elegant and complex nose exhibits notes of spice, plum, violet and sandalwood. The rich and sexy middle weight flavors possess lovely delineation and while the mouthfeel is lacy there is no lack of power or punch on the sappy and mouth coating finish that delivers outstanding persistence. This will also require some patience to allow more depth than presently exists to better develop but this beauty should be well worth the wait.



The 2013 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru sees 90% new oak and 25% whole-bunch fruit. It has an intense black plum, blackcurrant and fresh strawberry-scented bouquet with a subtle marine influence infusing the fruit. The palate is showing a lot of oak on the entry but there is plenty of fruit to absorb that, albeit with 8-10 year’s aging. Quite dense, almost opaque, this is a modern style of RSV but the persistence on the finish, that tingle on the tip of the tongue and the salinity seals the deal. ||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. eRobertParker.com.December, 2014


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