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Beaune - 2017

Domaine Michel Gaunoux

4.05 / 5.0

red still, dry
Beaune AOC, France
Pinot Noir
2228 UAH
not available
Domaine Michel Gaunoux Beaune 2017

The 2017 Beaune is a blend of 1er Crus Les Boucherottes and Les Epenotes from lieu-dits Les Prévoles and Les Beaux Fougets, which makes this 'village' wine quite prestigious. The fruit is hand-harvested, sorted and destemmed before vinification in big oak barrels using only indigenous yeasts with prolonged maceration. Ageing occurs in barriques with a small percentage of new oak.


4.10 / 5.0750 ml@π-not · π-not

This wine has evolved from its once restrained character to reveal a beautifully (almost) open and charming bouquet. It encompasses notes of cherry, dried red flowers, the essence of a wet forest floor, and a hint of spices. The elegance and near-perfect balance of this wine are striking, with a juicy and extended finish that speaks to its quality. It's a beautiful wine that showcases a lovely style, truly rewarding those who have patiently waited for its development. And I am pretty sure it can get even better.

Wine #5 on π-not event.

4.00 / 5.0750 ml@Garage

Tasted blind a set of 3 Pinot Noir wines. This one was also easy to guess due to elegance and austerity. Nose is full of dust, wild strawberry and cherry with subtle hints of autumn leaves. Well structured, long aftertaste with metallic aftertaste with flavours of cherry and leaves. Still very young. Complex, has potential, but needs time to get there.

Tasted on an event organised by Vasyl Kalinichenko.

Domaine Michel Gaunoux

At a glance

  • Heritage and Terroir: Domaine Michel Gaunoux boasts a rich lineage in winemaking within Burgundy's prestigious Pommard region, managing vineyards across multiple appellations with a focus on expressing the nuanced terroir of each site.
  • Traditional Winemaking: Adherence to traditional practices, including low yields, no pesticide use, and minimal new oak, highlights the domaine's commitment to producing Pinot Noirs of exceptional quality and aging potential.
  • Accessible Excellence: Despite the domaine's storied legacy and the complexity of its wines, Michel Gaunoux remains dedicated to offering wines that are not only profound and evocative but also represent great value, ensuring they are within reach of a broader audience.

Domaine Michel Gaunoux, entrenched in the heart of Pommard, Burgundy, epitomizes the quintessence of Pinot Noir through a legacy that intertwines tradition with the meticulous stewardship of its vineyards. The domaine, with roots deeply embedded in the Côte d'Or for centuries, commands respect for its adherence to time-honoured winemaking practices, underpinned by a philosophy of minimal intervention. Jean-Michel Gaunoux, steering the domaine into the modern era, cultivates prime parcels across Meursault, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, and Volnay, including esteemed Premier Cru sites in Meursault. His approach, focusing on green harvesting for low yields and eschewing pesticides in vineyard management, underscores a commitment to expressing the purest essence of terroir.

The wines of Domaine Michel Gaunoux are lauded for their profound complexity and remarkable ageing potential, a testament to Jean-Michel's dedication to traditional vinification methods. With a restrained use of new oak and a firm stance against filtering and fining, these wines encapsulate the rich tapestry of Burgundy's soils, marrying dark earthy fruit notes with fresh minerality and an elegant length. Despite their storied quality and depth, Gaunoux's offerings remain accessible, offering exceptional value. This paradox of ultra-traditional winemaking yielding wines of unmatched grace, yet flying under the radar, positions Domaine Michel Gaunoux as a treasure trove for connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts alike.