Michel Gaunoux Corton Renardes GC
|Bottle sizes:||750 ML|
|Vineyard:||The only Grand Cru holding -- a .63 hectare parcel -- that was purchased by the domaine in 1957.|
|Orientation:||east to south, south-west|
|Soil:||clay-limestone colluvium over a limestone base|
|Viticulture:||hand harvested and farmed using sustainable methods|
|Vinification:||Wines are de-stemmed and then vinified in large wooden casks using indigenous yeasts as well as an extended maceration.|
|Aging:||aged in barriques, of which a very small percentage is new.|
|Tasting:||The most savage and gamey of the Gaunoux lineup, but with a delicacy that combats the more rustic reputation of Corton Renardes. This is a wine that will reward patience.|
Here the nose is markedly different from that of the Rugiens as there is a distinct sauvage character to the decidedly earthy aromas of cassis, plum and spice hints. There is a caressing mouth feel to the less obviously mineral-inflected flavors that retain fine mid-palate concentration. Moreover there is good phenolic maturity to the supporting tannins and overall this is well-balanced and harmonious. Worth considering.
The Rugiens and Grands Epenots at Domaine Michel Gaunoux are such extraordinary wines that I do not always find that the Corton “Renardes” is superior to them, as in effect, the family really produces three grand cru quality wines. However, in 2011, I do have to give a slight nod to the Renardes as the most extraordinary of these three great young wines, as it offer sup a deep and youthfully spicy nose of cherries, pomegranate, complex, stony minerality, smoke and spice tones that remind me quite strongly of coriander seed and an array of Indian spices. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still very primary, with a great core of fruit, superb balance and grip, bright acids, suave tannins and excellent grip on the very long and beautifully focused finish. This is going to be a magnificent bottle at its zenith. 2025-2075.