Michel Gaunoux Pommard Grands Epenots 1er Cru

Michel Gaunoux

Wine label
Bottle sizes:750 ML
Varietals:Pinot Noir
Vineyard:From a large 1.74 hectare parcel of this Premier Cru vineyard that was among the domaine's first holdings
Orientation:south, south-west
Soil:a stony, well-drained soil composed of 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.


Burghound: 88
This is also cool, pure and airy with a similar fruit profile though in this case there are more spice and earth nuances present. Once again there is a sleek mid-palate mouth feel to the dense, serious and powerful middle weight plus flavors that possess excellent volume though the dusty, palate coating and overtly austere finish is shaped by tannins that don't possess quite the same level of phenolic maturity. I like the delivery and concentration but the balance isn't ideal.
Other: 93
The 2013 Grands Epenots from the Gaunoux family is really excellent this year. The bouquet is a fine blend of strawberries, cherries, a superb base of minerality, roses, pigeon and lovely fresh herb tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, young and soil-driven, with fine mid-palate depth, fine-grained tannins, bright acids and excellent focus and grip on the long and properly chewy finish (this is young Pommard after all). Excellent potential. 2023-2065+.