Robert Parker – 92
Tasted blind at Fine & Rare Wines’ Clos Vougeot tasting, the 2013 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru from Jean-Jacques Confuron has a generous nose that comes racing out of the blocks without losing any of its delineation and precision. It has fine purity, perhaps more floral than its peers, gaining more intensity as it opens in the glass with black cherry and red plum aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin. There is good backbone to this Clos Vougeot, lending it a more masculine and less supple texture. It clams up towards the bitter-edged finish, but I feel this has long-term potential.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035
Vinous – 90-93
(75% new oak; 25% vendange entier): Full red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of blackberry, cassis, chocolate and menthol. Densely packed but a bit youthfully brutal, showing good freshness considering that it has the highest pH (3.65) of this collection. Finishes with very good saline persistence and big, serious tannins that are nonetheless finer than those of the Chaboeufs.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2032