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Looking Back on Burgundy

T. Edward Wines, Jean-Michel Gaunoux, Organic Wine Importer, Karen Ulrich for T. Edward Wines

Jean-Michel Gaunoux gripped by the jaws of his cellar pooch

Last year, we  journeyed to Burgundy to visit with our producers, a trip that resulted in the most recent addition to our French Portfolio, Domaine de la Douaix.  And so, as we were reflecting, we thought we’d revisit the posts that came of the trip (with a selection of unpublished photographs), for those who might have missed them the first time around.

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JEAN-MICHEL GAUNOUX: 

A warm and unassuming man, Jean-Michel Gaunoux led us with a soft smile down to the cellar, where we perused the dusty bottles lying in wait.  Here, amidst barrels and spectacular patterns of mold on the vaulted brick walls, he holds each vintage until it’s ready to be released, including his 1998 Pommard, which apparently is still too tight for the market.  After a brief tour, we ascended the spiral staircase to visit the tasting room, so that we could taste through the bottles…(Read more here.)

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Jean-Michel Gaunoux in Meursault

The day we arrived in Burgundy, we met with Jean-Michel Gaunoux.  Located in the white wine commune of Meursault, his cellar was constructed by his maternal grandparents, but it wasn’t until 1990, that Jean-Michel halted his work with his father, Francois of Domaine Francois Gaunoux (and the son of the famed Henri Gaunoux), to establish his own Domaine.  Upon our arrival, a certain group dynamic was established when we realized our need to rely on Danielle, our most well-spoken French speaker.

A warm and unassuming man, Jean-Michel led us with a soft smile down to the cellar, where we perused the dusty bottles lying in wait.  Here, amidst barrels and spectacular patterns of mold on the vaulted brick walls, he holds each vintage until it’s ready to be released, including his 1998 Pommard, which apparently is still too tight for the market.  After a brief tour, we ascended the spiral staircase to visit the tasting room, so that we could taste through the bottles.

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Next Week: Beaune Bound

Julie Belland by Wine Terroirs

Next week, the ladies of TEW are Burgundy Bound.  Bursting at the seams of spring, we cannot wait to step foot into Beaune, where we’ll be attending the Grands Jours de Bourgogne, Salon des Jeunes Talents.  Arriving in Paris on Thursday morning, we’ll acclimate before visiting with Jean-Michel Gaunoux, our Meursault producer with three 1er Cru sites in “Perrieres”, “Genevrieres”, and “Les Gouttes d’Or”.  It’s the first time in Burgundy for all of us but one, and we look forward to setting our palates right with Gaunoux, whose family has been in the Cote d’Or for centuries.

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