Like a phoenix from the ashes, the story of House Delaunay's revival attracted considerable attention and excitement back in 2017. Laurent set about to catapult his wines into the stratosphere and after sweeping up at the IWC 2020 awards for their incredible 2019s, one could argue, they may have reached space itself! They were in fact the biggest winner at the awards, picking up 8 trophies, Red Winemaker of the Year (for their wonderful head winemaker Christophe Briotet), as well as 15 gold, 30 silver and 7 bronze medals. Not content with just Red Winemaker of the Year, Christophe won White Winemaker of the Year 2021 for good measure. Safe to say, club members lapped up all the wines we have offered so far and the Honest Grapes team too have been enjoying Laurent’s wines throughout the year.
Founded in 1893, the house of Delaunay became a prestigious and prolific estate and was one of the sole distributors of DRC and exclusively of La Romanée until the 1940s. Sold to Jean Claude Boisset in the 1990s, the maison was reborn in 2017 when winemaker and fifth generation, Laurent Delaunay, purchased back the name, and winery and cellars next to the family home Chateau de Chaumont. Laurent and wife Catherine have accessed some excellent vineyard sites across the Cote d’Or, including a gem in Petit-Vougeots, and right up to Griottes-Chambertin.