This has been a family owned estate in Pommard since the 18th century with a very interesting story. They have an impressive expanse of land in Burgundy, with hectares around Pommard and small parcels in illustrious Grand Crus Chambertin and Latricières-Chambertin.
The Launay-Horiot story is an epic tale of woe that transforms into an amazing feat of determination and persistence. Xavier Horiot, who was a French air force pilot, inherited the vineyard along with his aunt after his grandfather passed away. Xavier left the air force to follow his grandfather’s dying wish of reviving the Domaine and carry on his passion for wine. Xavier’s journey began with 11-years in French courts ensuring that his aunt didn’t sell up their family legacy. In 2011, after a sublimely difficult ordeal, Xavier finally secured his beloved vineyards.
In 2014 Xavier was finally ready to make his own wine and employed the help of Veronique Girard, saying he “felt that Pommard would benefit from a woman’s touch”. Since then, critics have been marvelling at his wines, the delicate Pommards and expert Chambertins, that unveil the best of their terroirs. He has patience, precision and extraordinary attention to detail.
The grapes are harvested in small boxes to ensure that no fruit is squashed. He never crushes his grapes, and he ferments them for nearly a month in bitterly cold cellars. This brings out stunning floral and fruit aromas that are pure and elegant. Xavier is known for playing classical music to his wine and his vines, and they must have listened, for the production here is truly celestial.