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Domaine Michel Gaunoux Pommard Grand Epenots 2001, 750ml (BH93) from The BPW - Merchants of rare and fine wines.

Domaine Michel Gaunoux Pommard Grand Epenots

750ml

Vintage: 2001
Region: France--Burgundy--Red
Appellation: Pommard, Cote de Beaune

BH93
Rated 93 points by the Burghound: `(from a large 1.74 ha parcel). This remains beautifully fresh and pure with complex and elegant aromas that speak of red currant, plum and violets. The detailed and delicately mineral-infused medium-bodied flavors exhibit admirable purity on the balanced and linear finish blessed with plenty of verve. Lovely.`Additional Notes from the Burghound: `This domaine is not a regular stop on my travels in Burgundy for the simple reason that they, like Domaine Robert Ampeau, don`t allow for tasting from barrel. They have a policy of releasing wines after several years in bottle and sometimes, after several decades. The history of the domaine is an interesting one and in a sense, is a microcosm of Burgundian succession issues. The domaine was originally founded by Alexandre Gaunoux in 1885 and the vineyard holdings were slowly accumulated. The first was the parcel of Grand Epenots, followed by the Rugiens in 1940 and the Renardes in 1957. Other bits and pieces were added here and there and include the Pommard 1ers of Arvelets, Charmots and Combes as well as four different parcels in Beaune. Michel Gaunoux started at the domaine in 1957 and worked there until he passed away in 1983. His wife knew little about running a domaine but rather than give the 7.5 ha of prime old-vine vineyards to other extended family members or sell out, she decided to operate it herself along with the domaine`s long-time cellar master. Things changed in 1990 as her son Alexandre took over responsibility for day to day operations (which includes the winemaking) though Mme Gaunoux is still very much involved.The younger, and very well-spoken, Gaunoux describes their approach as always favoring old vines and thus they follow the time-honored approach of replacing dead or dying vines individually though a process known as repiquage. The philosophy in the vineyard is to prune short and to plow between the rows to aerate the soil and control weeds rather than to use herbicides. Harvesting is done manually with the sorting work performed in the vineyard. The fruit is 100% destemmed and punch downs are done by hand. The cuvaison generally lasts between 18 and 21 days followed by lees settling only if necessary. The wines are then racked into barrel where new wood averages between zero and 20%. The elevage process lasts on average 18 months but some vintages, like the 2008 for example, are given 24. Gaunoux avers that he is, in general, against fining or filtration but is careful to note that `if a given wine will benefit from either process, we won`t hesitate to use these tools because the goal is to make the best wine possible, not brag that we don`t fine or filter.` As to what he wants to create, there is again no doubt as he explains that `since the very beginning the domaine has always made vins de garde [long-aging wines] and my goal is to make elegant vins de garde.` And in fact that`s what he has accomplished as the more recent vintages are every bit as impressive as the older ones but with slightly finer tannins and more refined mouth feels. If you enjoy traditionally made Burgundy then the Gaunoux wines are highly recommended as this is one of the finest domaines in all of Burgundy. The domaine`s policy of releasing older vintages means that every wine reviewed below is, according to Mme Gaunoux, available.`


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Domaine Michel Gaunoux Pommard Grand Epenots

750ml

Vintage: 2001
Region: France--Burgundy--Red
Appellation: Pommard, Cote de Beaune

BH93
Rated 93 points by the Burghound: `(from a large 1.74 ha parcel). This remains beautifully fresh and pure with complex and elegant aromas that speak of red currant, plum and violets. The detailed and delicately mineral-infused medium-bodied flavors exhibit admirable purity on the balanced and linear finish blessed with plenty of verve. Lovely.`Additional Notes from the Burghound: `This domaine is not a regular stop on my travels in Burgundy for the simple reason that they, like Domaine Robert Ampeau, don`t allow for tasting from barrel. They have a policy of releasing wines after several years in bottle and sometimes, after several decades. The history of the domaine is an interesting one and in a sense, is a microcosm of Burgundian succession issues. The domaine was originally founded by Alexandre Gaunoux in 1885 and the vineyard holdings were slowly accumulated. The first was the parcel of Grand Epenots, followed by the Rugiens in 1940 and the Renardes in 1957. Other bits and pieces were added here and there and include the Pommard 1ers of Arvelets, Charmots and Combes as well as four different parcels in Beaune. Michel Gaunoux started at the domaine in 1957 and worked there until he passed away in 1983. His wife knew little about running a domaine but rather than give the 7.5 ha of prime old-vine vineyards to other extended family members or sell out, she decided to operate it herself along with the domaine`s long-time cellar master. Things changed in 1990 as her son Alexandre took over responsibility for day to day operations (which includes the winemaking) though Mme Gaunoux is still very much involved.The younger, and very well-spoken, Gaunoux describes their approach as always favoring old vines and thus they follow the time-honored approach of replacing dead or dying vines individually though a process known as repiquage. The philosophy in the vineyard is to prune short and to plow between the rows to aerate the soil and control weeds rather than to use herbicides. Harvesting is done manually with the sorting work performed in the vineyard. The fruit is 100% destemmed and punch downs are done by hand. The cuvaison generally lasts between 18 and 21 days followed by lees settling only if necessary. The wines are then racked into barrel where new wood averages between zero and 20%. The elevage process lasts on average 18 months but some vintages, like the 2008 for example, are given 24. Gaunoux avers that he is, in general, against fining or filtration but is careful to note that `if a given wine will benefit from either process, we won`t hesitate to use these tools because the goal is to make the best wine possible, not brag that we don`t fine or filter.` As to what he wants to create, there is again no doubt as he explains that `since the very beginning the domaine has always made vins de garde [long-aging wines] and my goal is to make elegant vins de garde.` And in fact that`s what he has accomplished as the more recent vintages are every bit as impressive as the older ones but with slightly finer tannins and more refined mouth feels. If you enjoy traditionally made Burgundy then the Gaunoux wines are highly recommended as this is one of the finest domaines in all of Burgundy. The domaine`s policy of releasing older vintages means that every wine reviewed below is, according to Mme Gaunoux, available.`


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