An incredible range of wines from Domaine Francois Gaunoux including 8 vintages of the Pommard 1

An incredible range of wines from Domaine Francois Gaunoux including 8 vintages of the Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots! Last chance

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A Remarkable Range of Wines including 8 Vintages of the Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots
 
Eighty-something François Gaunoux is a Burgundy fixture. His daughter, Claudine, has worked alongside him since 2000, crafting traditionally styled reds and whites from estate-owned vines in the Côte de Beaune. Domaine Gaunoux has been passed down for generations, maintaining ultra-traditional methods in both vineyard and cellar, farming and crafting everything by hand. Ironically, François has spearheaded the implementation of modern techniques while Claudine has stuck to their historically traditional approach.
The Gaunoux property is based in Meursault, but, in terms of their overall lineup, Pommard is a headliner. They bottle four different wines from the appellation, including this one from the Premier Cru "Les Grands Epenots," which is known for a higher concentration of clay; a mixture known to produce a burlier, more muscular style of red Burgundy. After hand-harvesting, the grapes undergo a lengthy 3-4 week fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for increased weight and power. The wine is aged only in tank-no barrels whatsoever-and François and Claudine typically let it rest further in bottle before allowing it to leave (typically on its third birthday). Their ancient cellars are quiet, stock-still, and free of critics' footprints; if you ever find yourself lucky enough to enter this wine vault, you'll find dust-caked bottles that have remained undisturbed since the early 1900s. It is breathtaking down there." Somm Select
Today we are delighted to present a vast range of wines from Gaunoux's cellar. That includes 8 different vintages of the jewel in the domaine's cellar - the Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots. 
"For years now, Premier Cru "Les Grands Epenots" has been evaluated for Grand Cru promotion by the INAO (France's authority for wine designations) and many Burgundy producers will tell you it's only a matter of time until it happens. This prized site produces some of the greatest Pinot Noir in all of Côte de Beaune.

Even if promotion doesn't come, you're still getting Grand Cru quality without the associated price. François Gaunoux isn't some novice either; his wines are honest, tried-and-true, revered. Now an octogenarian, he's been working in the vines since the age of 15. Since taking over for his father many decades ago, François has tracked down and purchased parcels in Côte de Beaune's finest sites, never once buying grapes or leasing land.

For those of you interested in adding some aged wines to you cellar this is an opportunity not to be missed. All wines come direct from the domaine so quality is impeccable.

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WHITES
   
Meursault Clos de Tavaux 1999  $  148.00
Meursault Clos de Tavaux monopole 2014  $  114.00
Meursault Clos de Tavaux monopole 2015  $  123.50
Meursault Clos de Tavaux monopole 2016  $  118.00
Meursault Clos de Tavaux monopole 2017  $  118.00
Meursault 1er Cru La Goutte d'Or 2017  $  148.00
Meursault Clos des Meix Chavaux monopole 2015  $  129.50
Meursault Clos des Meix Chavaux monopole 2016  $  121.50
Meursault Clos des Meix Chavaux monopole 2017  $  121.50
Puligny-Montrachet 1998  $  159.50
Puligny-Montrachet 2009  $  140.50
REDS
   
Pommard Les Tavannes 1995  $  129.50
Pommard Les Tavannes 1996  $  129.50
Pommard Les Tavannes 2009  $  125.50
Pommard Les Tavannes 2014  $    95.00
Pommard Les Tavannes 2015  $  100.00
Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 1995  $  207.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 1996  $  182.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 1998  $  182.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 1999  $  192.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 2000  $  217.00
Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 2014  $  113.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 2016  $  118.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 2017  $  118.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots 1990  $  222.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots 1996  $  188.00
Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots 1998  $  188.00
Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots 1999  $  175.00
Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots 2000  $  217.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots 2014  $  123.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots 2016  $  128.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots 2017  $  123.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 1997  $  222.00
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 1998  $  222.00
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2014  $  143.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2016  $  148.50
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2017  $  148.50
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes 1996  $  217.00
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes 2000  $  197.50
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes 2014  $  118.50
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes 2016  $  123.50
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes 2017  $  123.50
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches rouges 1995  $  188.00
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches rouges 1998  $  188.00
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches rouges 2007  $  148.50
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches rouges 2014  $  123.50
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches rouges 2016  $  128.50
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches rouges 2017  $  128.50

Here's one special wine....
Domaine Francois Gaunoux Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots 1999 
Normally $235.00
Pre Arrival Price $175.00
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Bill Nanson - The Burgundy Report: A very, very interesting mix of herbs and complex fruits. Mouth-filling, plenty of (balanced) tannin. Now there's a small burst of fruit flavour. Good length - I like this a lot.

And there are great reviews all over the internet...

"This beauty is finally beginning to display some development as the perfumed and complex nose mixes both primary and secondary earthy red berry fruit, underbrush and a touch of animale character. The generous and quite fleshy medium-bodied flavors possess excellent volume as well as buckets of dry extract that almost render the firm and ripe tannins invisible on the massively long finish. Wow, this is a stunner of a wine with still plenty of upside potential remaining though with air this could be approached with pleasure."

"As rustic as it is sophisticated, Gaunoux's '99 Pommard Les Grands Épenots is a master-class in winemaking. Sweet red and blue fruits dance against a backdrop of mushrooms, balsamic herbs, forest floor, bacon fat and warm pipe tobacco. Smooth, polished tannins find their complement in surprisingly lively acidity, while copious dry extract clings to the palate. Resonant and refined, this wine is fantastic. Gaunoux's southeastern-facing Les Grands Épenots parcel sports marl and chalk soils, which offer tremendous drainage. The grapes for this wine ferment for about three weeks in temperature-controlled vats, and then the wine ages for about 18 months before bottling."

"Absolutely drop dead great showing. Nose is autumnal, deep funk, decaying earth, flowers. Dark. Palate is '99 tight, but also rich, slightly sappy cherry fruit. Grippy finish. Great, great showing."

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