Jean-Michel Gaunoux in “Les Perrieres” Meursault
Mid-summer, I had the great fortune to visit with Jean-Michel Gaunoux during our trip to Burgundy, and cannot express enough, what a honor it is to be able to offer these wines to you. -Karen Ulrich
Small with yields and production, but grand in generosity and grace, Jean-Michel Gaunoux has always favored freshness and acidity over any influence of oak. In Meursault, he harvests early, never employs more than 20% new oak, racks after one year at most, and blends and ages in stainless steel to maintain minerality and citrus notes. Gaunoux also halted all battonage in 2004, and since then has added only minimal amounts of sulfur to his bottled wines. As the raciest of Gaunoux’s wines, the Meursault “Les Perrieres” always exhibits great precision and tension, regardless of the vintage. Read more
2014 was an amazing year for all of us here at TEW. And for this, we offer great thanks to our families and friends, to our winegrowers and buyers, and to everyone who supports us and them. Looking back on the year, our 20th as a company, we’ve a lot to reflect on. Cheers to a beautiful year! We look forward to spending 2015 with you! Read more
Patrick Burke harvesting in Pommard at Domaine Delagrange
As most of you know, Patrick Burke, our French Portfolio Manager is living the year in Lyon. He spent the past couple of weeks harvesting the rounds with our producers in Burgundy before heading to Barolo for Barolo Camp with Greg Reeves, our Italian Portfolio Manager, and a few reps. What follows is Patrick’s (#ExPat) report from the field. Merci Patrick! Read more
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 And so, as we were reflecting, we thought we’d revisit the posts that came of the trip (with a selection of unpublished photographs), for those who might have missed them the first time around.
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.)
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.
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.