Edouard Delaunay Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Over the hills and far away to the Haut Cotes…. And a kaleidoscopic tasting with Laurent Delaunay at the family’s beautiful Chateau de Charmont. 28 wines tried – from Bourgogne Aligoté (absolutely outstanding – who needs Chardonnay?!?) right through to Echezeaux and Clos Vougeot, with many highlights across appellations and crus. The choice of parcels, and pragmatic approach – where every cuvée is treated individually without a set formula for quantity of new oak, or amount of whole bunches used etc, allows each wine to offer a true and deeply satisfying expression of the terroirs. Whilst the strength in Nuits Saint Georges is especially noticeable, there are some absolute gems throughout – and the consistent balance of succulence and focus, sweetness and salinity, authenticity and sophistication shows that there are great things ahead for Maison Delaunay. Watch out for Laurent picking some of his top under the radar wines for us and elsewhere explaining why we should embrace his passion for Nuits Saint Georges…
"From the limestone-rich, northern part of the Clos between the chateau itself and the most prestigious parcel owned by Chateau de la Tour. Five barrels made, with 50% wholes bunches and 60% new oak. Coffee, dried violets and a nice mix of red and darker pastille fruits – mashed red cherries and cherry bakewell. Palate has a fruit cake richness - red and black plums and currants, supple but substantial and long tannins give excellent grip. This is very convincing, already cohesive, with a fine finish and a closing note of liquorice. By a whisker my favourite of Laurent’s Grand Crus this year." Tom Harrow, Wine Guru
"Two new barrels out of four, 50% whole bunch, taken from older vines. Dense crimson purple, the bouquet has maintained freshness, better sample and the whole bunch. This is a very good example of Clos Vougeot: it may take years to show detail, but I like the balance. The oak is in proportion too, and there is more fruit at the back than through the middle. Tasted: October 2020" 94-97 pts, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
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