Full ruby-red. Very pure, penetrating aromas of cassis, blackberry and minerals are totally ripe but fresh. Conveys terrific energy and precision, with its dark fruit flavors complicated by suggestions of red soil. With its light touch and refined tannins, this very long wine has the class of a top Côte de Nuits in 2015. (Confuron opened a bottle of the 2010 to demonstrate how the 2015 might evolve. While the earlier vintage showed terrific energy and inner-mouth tension, the 2015 is richer and its tannins are riper, suggesting that it will ultimately surpass the '10. A bottle of the 2007 showed hints of amber, with redcurrant, truffle and spice aromas and flavors evolving nicely. This nicely balanced wine finishes with slightly dusty tannins. Confuron noted that only the late pickers really got their fruit ripe in 2007.)(ST)
Super ripe liqueur-like aromas of plum, cassis, earth and a broad array of spice elements precede the massively concentrated flavors that are almost imposingly powerful. The finish drenches the palate with dry extract and this is quite simply lavishly opulent. What is perhaps more remarkable still is how a wine that is so firmly structured can at the same time be approachable. Like the Fremiers, this is well-made and most impressive but again it's not for me.
The Grand Clos des Epenots, like the Vaumuriens, reveals a meaty bouquet of red and black fruit, dark chocolate, soil and clove . Just 10% new oak here, with ample fruit enrobing its similarly assertive, monolithic chassis of tannin, underpinned by a fine line of acidity. This is very much in keeping with the extracted, reductive style of Monsieur Confuron's winemaking.Drinking Window 2035 - 2065.(WK)
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