You may have had some of the excellent Pinots from Scott Paul Wines in Willamette Valley. But did you know that Scott Wright, the owner of Scott Paul is not just a Burgundy freak, but an importer of some of the best as well. The last time I was up to his place in Carlton, I picked up a bunch of nice Burgundies as well as a couple of different vintages of his "La Paulée" Pinot. I opened one of these 2004 Confuron's a couple years ago and it was not yet at its peak. Right now, it's drinking perfectly. Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron is on only 20 acres in Premeaux and thier holdings consist of twelve appellations of the Côte de Nuits. Amongst these are the prestigious Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, and Clos de Vougeot and Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grands Crus. Alain Meunier has an old-world love of the earth and is now farming organically as well as plowing by horse.
The 2004 Jean-Jacques Confuron Chambolle-Musigny (not the 1er) is a great example of the philosophy of Confuron, powerful aromas and flavors without heaviness. The wine is a lovely light fresh red color. I would call it medium bodied with enough meat to it to give you a great mouthfeel without feeling big. The scents coming off this are another matter, especially after 1/2 hour in the glass. Earthy dried-cherries and fresh rasperries, along with mushroom and forest floor aromas pop out of the glass. The velvety texture has very fine tannins and a very long finish. Light on the palate, but great silky mouth feel. Recommended. Drinking well now, good for another 5 years at least in this same condition.