Michel Gaunoux Corton Renardes GC

Michel Gaunoux


Vintage: 2013
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Appellation: Corton
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Pinot Noir
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.
Notes: 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.
Publication: Burghound
Rating: 91
(from a .63 ha parcel). A more deeply pitched nose is composed of restrained and ultra-fresh aromas of various wild dark berries, plum, earth, spice and black tea. There is good muscle to the cool and admirably pure big-bodied flavors that possess plenty of verve on the focused, austere, dusty and linear finish. Like the Rugiens this possesses just a hint of tannic edginess but again my sense is that this will come together with sufficient time in bottle though it’s unlikely to ever be a charmer. 91/2023+
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rating: 94+
The 2013 Renardes from Domaine Gaunoux is also an excellent bottle in the making, but it is more classically reserved out of the blocks than the relatively suave Pommard premiers. The bouquet is pure and primary, delivering scents of cherries, red berries, a touch of coriander seed, roses, vinesmoke and a superb base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very promising, with an excellent core, fine focus and grip, ripe tannins and a long, nascently complex and zesty finish. Another stellar bottle in the making. 2025-2075.