Domaine Gaunoux has been a producer we have been following since the beginning of Envoyer, developing a close relationship with the family and working directly with the Domaine. Every time we visit Burgundy, we are always excited to see the Gaunoux's and taste through their lineup, which usually includes a back vintage gem that has been stowed away for a few decades. We have had many vintages of Gaunoux's Beaune Cuvee, mainly sourced from village vines but sees a decent percentage of declassified premier cru fruit for a quality increase. It's an incredible buy and a wine that can age very well, and after a decade in the Gaunoux cellars, this is starting to show very nicely. 2009 was a riper vintage, but when paired with the highly classic Gaunoux style, it's a beautiful marriage and offers beautiful red fruits with traditional structure and minerality. It is starting to develop some more complexity of savory notes of earth and mushroom as well. We have the only bottles available in the U.S., and they are coming directly from Gaunoux. A fantastic bottle for those looking for classic Red Burgundy with age while still staying price-conscious.
Tasting note by John Gilman "The 2009 vintage of the Domaine Gaunoux Beaune is quite forward in style, which is not always the case with this often quite sturdy and long-lived bottling. The wine delivers a lovely bouquet of cherries, strawberries, gamebird, woodsmoke, soil tones and a touch of orange zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and impressively soil-driven for this buxom vintage, with a good core of fruit, moderate and very well-integrated tannins and fine focus and complexity on the long and open-knit finish. This is a lovely bottle that also will drink quite well from an early date."