Domaine Michel Gaunoux

The Wine Advocate’s William Kelley visits Domaine Michel Gaunoux

 

After coming across some older vintages of Domaine Michel Gaunoux on his recent travels around Burgundy, William Kelley was so taken aback by the quality of the wines, he made a special effort to visit the domaine on his next trip. His findings from the tasting that followed was published this week in a special report in the latest edition of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Unsurprisingly it is full of praise, describing the domaine as “among the region’s best kept secrets for lovers of traditionally styled red Burgundy”.

 

In particular he describes their Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens, as "routinely one of the "Côte de Beaune’s very greatest red wines”. Following the tasting, the domaine released a library stock of their back vintages reviewed in the article.

 

Critical Acclaim

 

William Kelley is certainly not the first critic to be seduced by the wines at Domaine Michel Gaunoux with Allen Meadows (Burghound) describing the wines as “one of the finest domaines in all Burgundy” and Robert Parker himself stating “this has always been one of my favourite Cote de Beaune domains”; describing their Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines as “explosive, full, rich and capable of ageing 20-30 years”.

 

It is remarkable how under the radar these wines have remained and maybe it could be to do with the fact that they do not allow anyone to taste the wines en primeur. They also release their wines so intermittently that for many collectors sourcing their wines remains a mystery.

 

With this publication in the The Wine Advocate, Burgundy’s best kept secret has just been let out of the bag.

 

The Vineyard

 

The Premier Cru site of “Les Rugiens”has been described by Burgundy expert Jasper Morris MW as “the most sought after of the Pommard vineyards…The lower part is arguably Pommard’s greatest vineyard”. This is due to the distinct rich iron soil giving the wine power intensity and amazing ageing potential. Gaunoux whose vineyards are in the lower part, William Kelley describes as: “reliably deep, multidimensional and brooding…it is routinely one of the Côte de Beaune’s very greatest red wines”. It is argued if the lower part was separated from the upper part it would easily be reclassified as a Grand Cru.

2007 Corton Renardes Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy 2007 Corton Renardes Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy
£529.00
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2015 Pommard Grands Epenots Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy 2015 Pommard Grands Epenots Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy
£1,131.00
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2014 Pommard Grands Epenots Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy 2014 Pommard Grands Epenots Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy
£570.00
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2009 Beaune Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy 2009 Beaune Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy
£35.00
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2011 Pommard Grands Epenots Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy 2011 Pommard Grands Epenots Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy
£518.00
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2015 Bourgogne Rouge Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy 2015 Bourgogne Rouge Gaunoux; Michel Burgundy
£281.00
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