2005 Jean Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru "Gouttes d'Or"

SKU #1122803 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This domaine is not a regular stop on my travels in Burgundy for the simple reason that they, like Domaine Robert Ampeau, don't allow for tasting from barrel. They have a policy of releasing wines after several years in bottle and sometimes, after several decades. The history of the domaine is an interesting one and in a sense, is a microcosm of Burgundian succession issues. The domaine was originally founded by Alexandre Gaunoux in 1885 and the vineyard holdings were slowly accumulated. The first was the parcel of Grand Epenots, followed by the Rugiens in 1940 and the Renardes in 1957. Other bits and pieces were added here and there and include the Pommard 1ers of Arvelets, Charmots and Combes as well as four different parcels in Beaune. Michel Gaunoux started at the domaine in 1957 and worked there until he passed away in 1983. His wife knew little about running a domaine but rather than give the 7.5 ha of prime old-vine vineyards to other extended family members or sell out, she decided to operate it herself along with the domaine's long-time cellar master. Things changed in 1990 as her son Alexandre took over responsibility for day to day operations (which includes the winemaking) though Mme Gaunoux is still very much involved.

K&L Notes

Very rich and unctious, but fresh and delightful at the same time. Classic Meursault, in terrific sahpe, recently released from the winery, so it has perfect provenance. Want to try an older white Burgundy, but do not want to risk bad storage having ruined a white wine? well, here is your chance to do so. Drink it and enjoy. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 02/2013)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.