Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux
Jean-Michel Gaunoux's family have been in the Côte d'Or for several centuries and he worked with his father at his Domaine Francois Gaunoux estate in Meursault before establishing his own domaine in 1990, with vineyard parcels from his mother's family. Six hectares are now under vine across Meursault, Volnay, Puligny and Pommard, with three Premier Cru sites within Meursault: Perrieres produces the richest wines on soils of clay and limestone covered with light-reflecting stones; Genevrières: elegant wines, on red soils containing a high proportion of iron and clay, and Les Gouttes d'Or - given the name “drops of gold because of the colour and shape of the flints in the soil”. Jean-Michel practices lutte raisonnée, or “reasoned struggle” in the vineyards; namely a practice which uses chemicals less often and less aggressively, and only when absolutely necessary. Green harvesting ensures low yields, and picking is done by hand. Vinification is traditional with 15 to 30% new oak, and bottled after 15 to 16 months without fining or filtering. These Meursaults are powerful wines, brimming with citrus and exotic spices and with wonderful minerality and length. They possess outstanding ageing potential.