Dom. Michel Gaunoux, Les Grands Epenots Premier Cru, Pommard, 2010
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Single bottle of Red wine Dom. Michel Gaunoux, Les Grands Epenots Premier Cru, Pommard, 2010 100% Pinot Noir

Dom. Michel Gaunoux
Les Grands Epenots Premier Cru

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The producer

Michel Gaunaux seems out-of-kilter with modern Burgundy. Current practice sees wines assessed in barrel and sold often before even being bottled, certainly before being tasted as a finished product. Domaine Michel Gaunaux – now run by children Anne and Alexandre – does not release wines until they deem, they are ready, at least three years after harvest. Not fully mature by any means but without the edginess of extreme youth. They are one of very few estates to offer a range of older vintages.

Winemaking is also traditional, allowing the wines to speak of their provenance with grace and style … fine-grained wines with structure but perfume and fruit.  The 5.85ha estate was founded in 1875 and remain in the same family, with the name from the father of the current generation who created the modern reputation for the wines. The wines include an often-stunning Grand Cru Corton-Renardes, a Premier Cru Pommard blended from small holdings in three vineyards, and a value village Beaune that incorporates some Premier Cru material.

The wine

Michel Gaunoux is, with 1.76 hectares, the largest landowner in Les Grand Epenots. Fruit is destemmed and fermented in large wooden vats, and finally aged in small oak barrels, of which only 20% are new, for around a year before bottling. This is a broad-shouldered and red fruited wine, with rugged earthy complexity, firm tannins, and a lively finish.

Type: Red
Vintage: 2010
Country: France
Region: Burgundy - Cote de Beaune
Sub region: Pommard
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Savory and Classic
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 13.5%
Drinking window: 2018 - 2030
Size: 750ml
Food match: Duck, Goose and Game Birds

We choose our wines based on a range of criteria (see how we choose our wines) of which critic scores is just one. Rather than simply highlight the best score to promote a wine, our average critic score is calculated from the scores provided by several respected wine critics, who we follow for specific regions. They do not represent all critic scores and, wherever possible, we try and give more weight to more recent reviews. Where appropriate we consider market-based scores like Global Wine Score or Wine Searcher Average scores.

As a rule, we look to offer wines that achieve a 92/100 average critic score or better and frankly a lot of very good wines simply don’t make the cut. As a high-end provider we want to reflect that positioning in the quality of wines we offer. Such wines are only a tiny fraction of those generally on offer in the market. We believe that an average score is a more conservative and representative approach, but it is still subjective and only offered as a guide to our customers, who will (and should) do their own research. We will add individual critic scores to our website in the future. 

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