Michel Gaunoux Beaune 2017


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“The 2017 Beaune Village really over-performs this year, bursting with aromas of cherries, raspberries, licorice, orange rind, grilled ceps and peonies. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, succulent and enveloping, with fine depth and concentration, powdery structuring tannins and a long, sapid finish. Combining substance with structural charm, this will offer a broad drinking window. As ever, this cuvée is a blend of premiers crus Boucherottes and Epenottes with the lieux-dits Prevolles and Beaux Fougets, so the raw materials are unusually serious for a communal bottling. Drink: 2023-2043. 92 points

I devoted an article to the Domaine Michel Gaunoux in Issue 239 of The Wine Advocate, and it was a pleasure to revisit this Pommard reference point, where Madame Gaunoux and her son Alexandre presented the 2017 vintage—as well as some older wines which will feature in the next installment of my Up From the Cellar series. The 2017s have turned out brilliantly chez Gaunoux, combining deceptive charm and succulence of fruit with serious depth, concentration and structure; indeed, they number among the finest renditions of the vintage that I have tasted from bottle along the Côte de Beaune. As the accompanying tasting notes make clear, they come warmly recommended.”

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (01/20)