Domaine Confuron-Gindre - Echézeaux Grand Cru 2017
This Echézeaux is in a class of its own.
Domaine Confuron-Gindre has been established six generations ago in Vosne-Romanée and is located Rue de La Tâche. A great sign! Though they don't own the monopoly of la Tâche (Romanée-Conti does), François Confuron-Gindre owns a myriad of ideally located vineyards in Vosne-Romanée and hints in Nuits-St-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin. The Domaine accounts for 11 hectares, with five village wines, four premier crus in Vosne-Romanée and one grand cru Échezeaux. A blessing, considering Vosne-Romanée is the Holy Grail for Pinot Noir lovers. The Domaine has been under the radar for quite some time, but since Edouard, Francois's son is gradually taking over, the word is out.
Echézeaux comes from a 0.3 hectares plot, with shallow soil providing great filtration to the roots. The vines are between 50 and 90 years old and grow a lot of small berries (millerandage) which provides nice concentration to the wine; with nice tannins. This wine goes though 18 months maceration in about 50% new barrels.
The bouquet is full of purple florals and aromas of ripe cherry, strawberry with hints of coffee bean. The palate has a deep juicy fruit profile with raspberries and dark cherries that drives the phenolic green tea acidity and tannin. It can be enjoyed with venison, veal, duck, quail, kangaroo, smoked meats and charred eggplant. Drink now with a 1hr decant or age till 2030+. 100% Pinot Noir
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