Jean-Jacques Confuron, Romanee Saint Vivant 2016
The 2016 Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru has a beautifully defined bouquet. The fruit is darker than its peers: blackberry, boysenberry, hints of blueberry and crushed violet petals. This is quintessential Romanée-Saint-Vivant. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and perfectly judged acidity. This is endowed with disarming structure and poise, fanning out beautifully towards the finish. A fabulous wine but it deserves a decade in the cellar
Good medium red-ruby. Slightly wild scents of black cherry and minerals. Dense, suave and thick with black raspberry, black cherry, mineral, earth and spice flavors. This wine has the almost chocolatey richness of a 2015 but with noteworthy inner-mouth perfume and saline energy. Substantial spreading tannins are keeping the wine's finishing flavors under wraps today but this grand cru offers considerable potential.
Romanée Saint-Vivant is situated just below Romanée Conti, next to the village of Vosne-Romanée. This Grand Cru covers just under nine hectares. The Pinot Noir here produces great wines on deep brown limestone-clay soils. A few domains share this parcel: Domaine Louis Latour, Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Robert Arnaux, Confuron. Romanée Saint-Vivant is a powerful yet charming wine: robust, well-structured and always very well-balanced. They develop intense aromas, typical of fine Burgundies: ripe or candied red and dark fruits, musk, leather and humus. A lingering and fabulously rich aroma are what make this cru one of the world's greatest wines. Several decades of cellaring are often required for this wine to reach its best. The rich, voluptuous and complex wines from the Confuron domain are a delight to the palate.
The Confuron domain was taken over in 1988 by Alain and Sophie Meunier. Situated at Premeaux-Prissey very near to Nuit-Saints-Saint-Georges, the domain belonged to Sophie's father. They decided to convert to organic viticulture. Today, the vineyards count 8 hectares and produce 12 Côte de Nuits appellations. Among them are included the prestigious Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, Clos de Vougeot and Romanée Saint-Vivant Grands Crus. Since 2003, horses are used to work the domain's oldest parcel, Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, which is 80 years old.