2016 Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut St. Jacques Premier Cru
Bright red-ruby. Deeper-pitched aromas of medicinal cherry and musky herbs come across as less ripe than those of the Petite-Chapelle. In a distinctly leaner style, showing less stuffing to its rather laid-back flavors of cherry, minerals and herbs. Here the tongue-dusting tannins arrive earlier, giving the wine a rather disjointed impression. This wine strikes me as a bit less tasty than most of the foregoing samples, but I should note that it only finished its malolactic fermentation in September, which may partly explain its reserved character.
Stephen Tanzer - Vinous
Here too there is enough reduction and wood influence to overshadow the underlying fruit. There is superb intensity and mid-palate density to the overtly muscular, detailed and powerful broad-shouldered flavors that brim with both dry extract and minerality before delivering outstanding length and depth on the balanced if markedly austere and backward finish. This is terrific but I underscore that it would be largely pointless to open a bottle of this beauty young.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Cask sample. More meaty and savoury than their Petite-Chapelle, and much more restrained and austere on the palate. Boxy structure, flashes of bitter, herby character to finish.
Richard Hemming - jancisrobinson.com