“If you enjoy traditionally made Burgundy, then…this is one of the finest domaines in all Burgundy”
Allen Meadows
"among the region’s best kept secrets for lovers of traditionally styled red Burgundy"
William Kelley
"Michel Gaunoux is very different – traditional and old school in the best possible way, creating Burgundies of a very high quality even by current standards – wines of beauty – and somehow beyond the new conventions of modern day"
Steen Ohman
Last week, we were served a wine blind over dinner. We correctly guessed to be 2007 and then suggested several possible Grand and Premier Cru sites.

The wine was vibrant and energetic with textural complexity that suggested a lofty vineyard. To our suprise, and embarassment, the wine turned out to be a lowly Beaune village 2007 from Michael Gaunoux. In reality it is a blend of premiers crus Boucherottes and Epenottes with the lieux-dits Prevolles and Beaux Fougets. It made us realise that despite recent prices, there is still incredible value to be found in Burgundy. The next morning we went out in search of more Michael Gaunoux.
William Kelley of The Wine Advocate is a big fan and devoted an article to the estate, which he calls “among the region’s best kept secrets for lovers of traditionally styled red Burgundy.” He explains that “Richly extracted and tight-knit in their youth, Gaunoux wines need time; and fortunately, the domaine accommodates their clientele’s impatience by retaining large stocks of the best vintages for release somewhat closer to full maturity”. The late-release of some wines, means that the domaine is still very much under-the-radar, leaving Allen Meadows baffled. He says: “Domaine Gaunoux is consistently making some of the finest wines to be found in the Côte de Beaune”.
Steen Ohman of the Wine Hog sums up the style by saying “They may be traditional and intense wines – coming from some of the more powerful terroirs – Pommard and Corton – yet somehow they seem to offer a special, effortless and refined pinot experience.”
Burgundy feels like a closed book these days but if you scratch the surface, you can find some super domaines hiding in plain sight.

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