Country of Origin: France
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 13.5%
Domaine Francois Gaunoux is a renowned Cote d' Or family estate consisting of about 10 hectares of prime vineyard land. The Gaunoux family has been living in this area since the 16th century. Francois, the son of famous Pommard winemaker Henri Gaunoux, has been working the vines since he was 15 years old. An avante garde winemaker now in his late eighties, he had a visionary sense to combine modernism with traditional viticulture which is a philosophy still currently espoused by the youngest generation today. Their grapes are cultivated with know-how and techniques passed down from generation to generation and are still traditionally harvested by hand between September & October. Domaine Francois Gaunoux owns 3 of the most famous place names or "climats" in Pommard: Rugiens, Epenots, and Grand Epenots. This ruby hued, medium bodied Volnay offers juicy cherry and berry notes on the nose, underlying earthy characters on the palate, & a mineral edged finish. It is dense & resplendent with a firm palate structure, balanced acidity, and soft tannins.
This wine displays some savory notes with still lifted red plum & dark cherry fruit characters. This is a superbly aged wine that is still surprisingly fresh with a well-rounded palate structure & nice acidity leading to a superbly lengthy finish buttressed by substantially softened tannins.