Villages Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 14, 2013
Note: from hillside fruit
Producer note: The always forthright and direct Yves Confuron (who is also the régisseur at Domaine de Courcel in Pommard), describes 2011 as a “vintage where waiting to pick did give us outstanding phenolic maturity levels but didn’t spike the sugars. We picked very late, relatively speaking of course, as we didn’t start until the 14th of September. The fruit was essentially clean though there is always at least some sorting to do no matter how superb the harvest is. We obtained potential alcohols in the 12 to 13.5% range and did a roughly 35 day cuvaison. We of course used 100% whole cluster as we always do. As to the wines, they are quite suave yet very well balanced. They are highly aromatic and in this sense they remind me quite a bit of the 85s and should be accessible young yet age well too. I like this vintage a lot.” For subscribers who may not know the Confuron wines, their style is for crafting old school burgs (they don’t even own a destemmer) with long maceration times and almost two years in barrel. However, if you like the serious built-to-age old school style, this is one of the very best addresses around. The reviews of the now in-bottle ’10s (bottled without fining or filtration) confirm what I found from barrel last year as they are excellent. (Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, UK and Beaune Imports, www.beauneimports.com, Berkley, CA; Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, UK, Lea & Sandeman, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk, UK and H & H Bancroft Wines, www.bancroftwines.com, UK, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, UK).
Tasting note: A pretty, even perfumed nose of red currant, violet and spiced plum slides gracefully into appealingly vibrant, cool and reserved middle weight flavors that also evidence good minerality that continues onto the moderately austere and ever-so-slightly rustic finish. This is a bit atypical for the appellation.