Bruce’s Pick: 2014 Confuron-Gindre Vosne Romanee, $45.00

The village of Vosne Romanee has often been referred to as “the jewel in the crown of the Côte d’Or” (the Slopes of Gold that is Burgundy). Another historically anecdotal saying is simply that “there are no common wines in Vosne.” Yes, the Grand Crus at the very top of the hierarchy are the most expensive wines on the planet, but even the basic village level wines can be superb. This vintage of the Confuron-Gindre is a stunning example of the sheer class of wines from this village. The shimmering, limpid ruby color presages the silky mouthfeel on the palate that follows. From the bouquet of floral notes and spice-box alone, you know you are in the neighborhood of royalty. The wine is round and smooth (remember “silky”) with no hard edges, and is what wine aficionados would call a complete wine--nothing out of place. The finish is long and elegant, even if perhaps not the famous “peacock’s tail” of some of its neighbors, but those cost hundreds of dollars more. At $45.00 this is a relative bargain. Other Vosne village level wines in our store go for $55 to $80 and up.