Pommard - 14 avril 2019
Les viticulteurs se sont une nouvelle fois rassemblés pour lutter contre le gel.
Des feux de paille ont été allumés pour créer un écran de fumée évitant aux rayons du soleil de brûler les jeunes bourgeons.
✏️ oh my, have I been out of the loop for a bit!!!
🦠 Every human in my household caught the flu bug I had (minus the baby, thank goodness). With that mess and the newborn schedule, we’ve just been trying to survive. Wine was on hold for a bit ...which makes me rather sad 😩
📚 This week it’s back to business, and I’m in review mode this next month! I’m starting the week in Burgundy and finishing in the Rhône. ⠀⠀
🍷 I’m also pulling out the Coravin and doing some Burgundy comparisons tonight. I’m usually more likely to open and drink a single wine in the evening, but I find tasting wines side by side is so import to remembering key details about each one! The @coravin is ideal for this. It’s hard to open more than one bottle when you’re drinking by yourself 😆 ...or maybe it isn’t 🤷♀️
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Pommard 1er cru Les Grands Epenots 2014 from Domaine François Gaunoux.
As often in burgundy, families have/had to split the belongings ending up in multiple domaines with similar names. As far as I know, there are 2 domaines names Gaunoux, this one is François Gaunoux (the other one Michel).
Both are rather under the radar and I believe this is due to how they relate with wine critics and maybe also if they are more export oriented or not.
Claudine Gaunoux is now heading this domaine and giving a very singular touch to the wine produced. An example is the fact that the wines are not matured in barrique, but in steel tanks, which is quite untraditional for the region, at least for terroir such as this one. The result is very interesting as there isn’t the usual make-up of oak on the wine, but only the expression of the varietal and the terroir.
Les Grands Epenots is one of the two most important plots in pommard (the other one being Les Rugiens) which many claim are grand cru level.
Before I talk about the wine, I just want to make a disclaimer on the domaine’s info as they do not have a website. For example I don’t n’know if the alcoholic fermentation is done in wooden cats or steel or concrete.
🍷young wine. The nose is pretty discreet and the story starts really at first sip. It is quite disorienting to not have the oak spiciness, and to orient your brain to analyse it from a different angle. The more you taste, the deeper you get in the wine. First come the varietal and I can say « pure » Burgundian Pinot. Then later the terroir kicks in and you feel the earth and minerals expression. The fruit is very clean and pure as is the wine. A wonderful expression of PN with lots of depth. The finish is long and summer uses all the whole experience. Great. I love the way women do wine 🤩🤩🤩
Honored to have @YannickBenjamin instruct our Burgundy class! So many surprises and takeaways...
Did you know that there is not one encompassing Burgundy Terroir?
Volnay and Pommard world class wines made from which grape variety?
Vibrant ruby in color as if the wine literally waves and says “I have finally arrived Manila”. 👋 Notes of raspberry, creme de griotte, stones and very mild anise. This is a 2015 vintage so expect much more in the coming decades especially that there are ongoing talks of “Les Grands Epenots” becoming a Grand Cru status. This is Domaine François Gaunoux. My first Gaunoux wine and I’m lovin’ it. Santé to the lady boss, madame @claudinegaunoux.
Châteaux, Grands vins et beau temps!
Last Friday we visited la Commaraine, an old chateau which is going to be a hotel in the future. The chateaux used to be have 10-11 ha of vineyards. Right now they own 3,5ha and are about to buy more vineyards in Burgundy (good luck!). All the work in the vineyards is done biodynamically and with the help of horses within the small rows. The wines of @lacommaraine are vinified in the wine cellar at domaine Belleville. Thanks to the cellar master we had the chance to taste different premier crus from the barrels. Great tasting! And especially it has been interesting to taste different wines of an experiment with different amounts of stems in the juice during mazeration and fermentation.