Francois Gaunoux Pommard Les Grande Epenots 2011
This is a very special and elite offering. Pommard is considered by many to be one of the greatest appellations in Burgundy and interestingly none of the vineyards are classified as Grand Crus. Many believe Grands Epenots is destined to become the first Pommard Grand Cru and there is a petition pending now for this elite status. No doubt if it receives this status prices will double or triple overnight. And there is already a dire shortage of top class Pinots from Pommard as this year marks the 4th straight tiny vintage in Burgundy and there is little wine to go around. Luckily we committed to this wine in barrel and we locked in exceptionally attractive pricing. This is always the last of the Gaunouxs we offer as this is their big, concentrated Pinot Noir and it is released later than most other wines. There is also not much of this to go around as it is a tiny vineyard and was a small crop so good luck landing this delicious wine. Gaunoux is served at most of Paris’ top Michelin rated restaurants like Lasserre, Le Grand Vefour and Guy Savoy. This is a very special blockbuster Premier Cru Pinot Noir from a top Burgundy house that we are confident you are going to love!
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Francois Gaunoux Pommard Les Grande Epenots 2011 PREMIER CRU Pinot Noir
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
GRAPE: Pinot Noir
REGION: Cote de Beaune
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.50%
SPECIAL DESIGNATION: Cellar Selection
I visited with Claudine Gaunoux this fall at their historic Domaine in Meursault. Their wines represent some of Burgundy’s top vineyards and the wines are delicious and uniformly well-made classy wines. I especially enjoy Pommard and one of my favorite Pommard vineyards is Les Grands Epenots (Girardin also makes a beautiful Grand Epenots). The Premier Cru Pinot Noirs from this elite vineyard are destined to one day receive the first Grand Cru designation for the Pommard appellation. At recent Hospice de Beaune auctions, the Pommard prices from this vineyard were off the charts. With four small crops, Les Grands Epenots is becoming very pricy. Domaine Francois Gaunoux has a well deserved reputation spanning many decades for making beautiful wine from Burgundy’s top vineyards. Francois has been the President of the Cote D’Or Viticultural Committee since 1974 and his impressive daughter Claudine runs the winemaking operations. The Gaunoux vineyard is located in the mid slopes planted in deep marn, chalk, and clay soil, and faces southeast. 2011 is a solid vintage and diverse as the wines are both approachable early with long term aging potential. This wine will only get better with time and deserves cellaring. A deep ruby red hue. Expressive aromas of rich and concentrated fruit including pomegranate, sweet currants and black cherry. A bountiful cornucopia of extracted fruit including blackberry cream, pomegranate, and dark cherry with touches of chocolate, rose, minerality and red currant. A silky mouth feel and a very pretty finish. Pair with Roast Beef, Long Island duckling in an au poivre sauce, or Beef Bourgogne. Best enjoyed 2015-2025.
100% Pinot Noir handpicked, destemmed, destalked and hand sorted. Regular debudding. Vines planted in 1990 and 1999 on 2.75 acres, clones 113/4/5 Traditional three week vinification after cold soak; regular punching down. Bottled 18 months after racking, fining and light filtration. Drinking Window now-2033.
Most game dishes and full bodied beef preparations with sauce. Full bodied Burgundian cheese such as Epoisses and Citeaux. Also, Delices de Pommard.
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.