Domaine Confuron-Gindre - Vosne-Romanée 1er cru "Les Chaumes" 2021
This Vosne-Romanée “Les Chaumes” is seductive and textural, built upon aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and sandalwood.
Domaine Confuron-Gindre was established six generations ago in Vosne-Romanée and is located on Rue de La Tâche. A great sign! Though they don't own the monopoly of La Tâche (Domaine Romanée-Conti does), François Confuron-Gindre owns a myriad of ideally located vineyards in Vosne-Romanée and a smattering in Nuits-St-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin. The Domaine accounts for 11 hectares, with five village wines, across the aforementioned villages; four Premier Crus in Vosne-Romanée; and the one Grand Cru from 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 now out.
Located above “Clos de Réas”, the origin of the word "Chaumes" comes from the fact that these lands were left uncultivated for a long time before being planted. “Les Chaumes” is one of the oldest plots in the area, planted in 1919 and 1920, and there are still 100-year-old vines active within the plot. When they die of old age, they are uprooted and replaced by young plants. The wine spends 18 months in oak (40% new).
Planted in 1918 and 1919. A glowing deep dark purple. The bouquet is better balanced than Beaumonts: dark and ripe fruit for sure but still fresh. The barrel shows a touch at the moment, but not negatively. A wealth of deep red fruit here, luscious dark raspberry, really digs down and presses on. Lots of tiny grapes, exceptional length and has stayed in balance. 93-95 points, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy. 100% Pinot Noir.
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