A more elegant nose offers up lovely aromatic layering that includes notes of cool red currant, dark raspberry, plum and freshly turned earth. There is more size, weight and richness to the larger-scaled flavours that possess a seductive texture before culminating in a naturally sweet, complex and sneaky long finish.
This, too, is very promising for the longer term, yet it is a wine that should be approachable after only 6 to 8 years.
Drink from 2029 onward
Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (April 2020)
About this WINE
Domaine Michel Gaunoux
Located in the commune of Pommard, Burgundy, Domaine Michel Gaunoux is known for producing high-quality Pinot Noir wines. The Gaunoux family has been involved in winemaking for several generations, and they are highly respected for their traditional winemaking practices and commitment to producing exceptional wines that reflect the region’s terroir.
Michel Gaunoux founded the estate, and has been passed down through the family over the years. His descendants now manage it and continue the family’s winemaking legacy. They own several plots of vineyards in Pommard and some holdings in nearby appellations such as Volnay and Beaune.
The domaine’s primary focus is the production of red wines made from the Pinot Noir grape variety, the dominant grape in Burgundy. Pinot Noir from this region is known for its elegance, complexity, and ability to express the nuances of the soil and climate.
The estate is known for its traditional winemaking methods, with great attention to detail and a minimal intervention approach. They often use old oak barrels to age their wines, allowing the fruit and terroir to be at the forefront.
The most powerful red wines of the Côte de Beaune emanate from Pommard, where complex soils with a high proportion of iron-rich clay produce deep-coloured, relatively tannic wines. A Pommard that is ready to drink in its first few years is probably not going to be a great example of the appellation.Two vineyards stand out: the lower part of Les Rugiens, which has been mooted for promotion to Grand Cru status, and the five-hectare, walled Clos des Epéneaux, monopoly of Comte Armand.
Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.
Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.
Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.
The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.