Cotes de Beaune, France

Cultivating 6ha of vines on Meursault, Pommard, and Volnay, Jean-Michel worked with his father, Francois Gaunoux, of Domaine Francois Gaunoux, until establishing Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux in 1990. Practicing lutte raisonne, or “the reasoned struggle”, in the vineyard, Jean-Michel works to preserve the soil, using no pesticides, while employing traditional vinification methods. With family roots that have been grounded in the Cote d’Or for several centuries, Ganoux practices green harvesting to ensure low yields. His wines see 15-30% new oak and are bottled after 15-16 months; they are neither filtered nor fined, and their aging potential is outstanding. Within Meursault, Jean-Michel cultivates three 1er Cru sites: “Perrieres”, “Genevrieres”, and “Les Gouttes d’Or”.
gaunoux-meursaultMeursault
100% Chardonnay
Farming Practice: Lutte Raisonee
Soils: clay limestone
Trellis system: Guyot
Hectares/Acres: 1.45ha
Altitude: 199-458m
Exposure: SE
Harvest technique: hand harvested
Vines Planted: 1965
Yeast: ambient
Fermentation: used oak
Malolactic: full
Sulfur: yes
Filter: no
Fining: unfined
gaunoux-meursault-1erMeursault 1er Cru 'Les Perrieres'
100% Chardonnay
Farming Practice: Lutte Raisonee
Soils: limestone rock with 35% clay content
Trellis system: Guyot
Hectares/Acres: 0.6ha
Altitude: 199-458m
Exposure: SE
Harvest technique: hand harvested
Vines Planted: 1981
Yeast: ambient
Fermentation: 15-16 months in French oak, 15-30% new
Malolactic: full
Sulfur: yes
Filter: no
Fining: unfined
gaunoux-pommardPommard 'Les Perrieres'
100% Pinot Noir
Farming Practice: Lutte Raisonee
Soils: clay limestone
Trellis system: Guyot
Hectares/Acres: 2ha
Altitude: 215-411m
Exposure: SE
Harvest technique: hand harvested
Vines Planted: 1956
Yeast: ambient
Fermentation: used oak,15-16 months
Malolactic: full
Sulfur: yes
Filter: no
Fining: unfined