Domaine Launay-Horiot. A very exciting new addition to our portolio. 2014 Pre Arrival Offer


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"The story of Xavier Horiot, the owner and now wine maker of Domaine Lauray Horiot is nothing but astonishing. This drama consists of family dispute, greed, passion, lawyers and court case that lasted 11 years, combined with the impossible French inheritance and tax laws and the stratospheric market value of vineyards in Burgundy over the last two decades.
The Launay family settled in Pommard in the 18th century and over the years acquired impressive set of vineyards: The 4 hectares domaine includes the 2.2 ha Pommard Les Perrieres vineyard which was originally planted in 1902, a superb array of old vines Pommard 1er Cru vineyards including 0.09 ha Les Rugien Bas, 0.59 ha Les Chaponnieres and 0.17 ha Clos Blanc, and two exceptional holdings of Grand Cru vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin: an 0.17 ha of Latricieres Chambertin (located next to Pierre Duroche's vines), and an 0.16 ha holding of Chambertin located next to the vines of no other but Lalou Bize-Leroy.
The drama started with the death of Raymond Launay in 2000. He left his 4 hectare domaine, to his daughter and to his grandson Xavier Horiot - just to realize before his death that his daughter had no intention of continuing the family domaine but just wanted to sell it off and cash the land, a fact that broke his heart. But unfortunately, due to the French inheritance laws he could do nothing about that.
Xavier, who served in the French air force as fighter jet pilot, was determined to follow his beloved grandfather's wishes, his passion and his dreams to revive the Domaine and make wine from his family's vineyards.
After 11-year battle in French courts, which drained his resources but made him ever more determined to fulfill his dreams, finally in 2011 the court had ruled in his favor and handed the precious vineyards to his possession. (The irony was that his aunt who fought him for all these years in court died 2 months after the court's ruling and had no heirs).
Xavier quit his service in the air force and returned to Pommard to restart the difficult revival process of the domaine. Luckily, over all these years the vineyards were being taken care of by good hands, and the vines gained age. He decided to start slowly, and for the first 3 years while he started to establish the winery from scratch with virtually no financial capabilities, he worked the vineyards, made experiments with his grapes and sold most of the grapes to other producers to gather capital to enable him purchase equipment required for both the vineyards' work and vinification.
In 2014 he felt ready to start making his own wines with the close help from the talented consultant Veronique Girard (using his own words, Xavier "felt that Pommard would benefit from woman's touch"). Critics started visiting him (Tim Atkin was the first one, followed by Allen Meadows, Michel Betanne and others). Instantly there was general consensus that the wines from the Village Pommard to the 1er Crus are uniquely gentle expression of Pommards, all promising and highly enjoyable, to the two Grand Crus, Latricieres Chambertin and the Chambertin that are both brilliant expression of their relative terroirs.
We have no doubt that the future of Domaine Launay-Horiot in Xavier's hands is brilliant." The Pearl of Burgundy

The Pommard Perrieres and Chambertin had sold out by the time we came across this new domaine. However, we present the four other wines - all with fine reviews.

It is worth remembering that 2014 was Xavier's first vintage. The wines have had serious critical acclaim from the big name critics and the tiny domaine has meteorically risen from unknown to "must have" status. It seems everybody is claiming to have discovered Domaine Launay-Horiot. You should have some in your cellar.
Pommard 1er Cru Chaponnieres 2014 
Landed Price $169.00
Pre Arrival Price $143.50
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Wine Advocate - Neal Martin: The 2014 Pommard 1er Cru Les Charponnières, a 0.6-hectare holding, has more red fruit on the nose compared to the Pommard Les Perrières, wild strawberry and raspberry preserve, quite expressive with subtle sous-bois scents. The palate is medium-bodied with brisk red berry fruit on the entry. Saline in the mouth, masculine perhaps but with ample red fruit on the citric finish, this is a well-crafted Pommard that should give much pleasure over the next decade. 90 Points

Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc 2014
Landed Price $169.00
Pre Arrival Price $143.50

Launay-Horiot Clos Blanc NV Label
Bettane and Desseauve: 
Full, rich, with a height and generous volume, this impresses with its precision and their fine balance between fruit maturity, firm and soft tannins, and the tonicity of its vibratory acidity. Bottles can be devoured today or will seduce for the next 6 to 10 years. 
Tim Atkin MW: 93 Points
All about Burgundy: This time we are on the other side of the village, in the northern part of the appellation and near the Epenots. The aromatic palette draws distinctly on a floral tone (pink, peony) and fresh cherry. The grapes were harvested at a slightly higher maturity than the previous cuvées. This is noticeable in the mouth: the material is already supple and the fineness of the tannins remarkable.
Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens-Bas 2014
Landed Price $235.00
Pre Arrival Price $199.95
Only 12 bottles available

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All about Burgundy:  
The vignerons of the village have been working for ten years so that this terroir is promoted in grand cru. Its red earth (oxide of iron), is certainly at the origin of its name but also of its structured character. A dominant spicy, more particularly peppery, stands out on the nose. The black fruits grow in power at aeration. Full and long on the palate. A great success. 17 
Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014
Landed Price $429.00
Pre Arrival Price $365.00

All about Burgundy: 
The estate has the good fortune to count in its range two great wines of Gevrey-Chambertin. The hierarchy intrinsic to the village means that the Latricières ranks below the "King Chambertin". Yet it was indeed his vassal who particularly impressed us. It shows a great aromatic largesse with notes of cherry, peony and violets. A floral character that is found in the mouth (a 20% vinification in whole bunch surely accounts for this). Roasting notes complete the bouquet. The 0.17 ha belonging to the estate produces concentrated small grapes. A density that is confirmed in the glass. 18.5 Points   

To view and purchase the wine on lines click here. You may also order by telephone (03) 9326 5737 or email [email protected] Mix and match as you please. Wines will be shipped later this year.

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Grand Millesime Pty Ltd

21 Toorak Road

South Yarra

Vic 3141


Phone: (03) 9326 5737

Fax: (03) 9326 6744

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Salon Cuvee 'S' Champagne Dinner at Bacash
2 seats available

Salon Champagne is arguably the finest sparkling wine in the world.
This September, to mark the release of the new 2006, we are delighted to present a very special dinner showcasing Salon Cuvee 'S' and a range of Champagne from their sister house Delamotte. The evening will be hosted by Salon Export Director Matthieu Pouchan.

The dinner will feature the following Champagne:
Champagne Delamotte Brut NV
Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV
Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2007
Champagne Delamotte Rose NV

Champagne Salon Cuvee 'S' 2006
Champagne Salon Cuvee 'S' 2004
Champagne Salon Cuvee 'S' 2002

Date: Friday 8 September 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Bacash, 175 Domaine Rd, 
South Yarra 3141
Cost: $299.00 per person
To view the wine list and purchase tickets on line click here.

Under the Liquor Reform Act 1998, it is an offence for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor. It is also an offence for a licensee to supply liquor or permit liquor to be supplied to a person under the age of 18 years.

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