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Édouard Delaunay

23/09/2019
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Laurent Delaunay bought in 2017 the name launched in 1893 by his ancestor. The Edouard Delaunay house thus was awakened after nearly 30 years left asleep ... A renaissance that comes along with great ambitions for its new owners.
 

Relaunching a winemaking and trading busines in Burgundy is a challenge. Especially after a series of unproductive vintages. Laurent Delaunay can be proud of having taken up the challenge at the right time: Burgundy has just known successively two generous vintages: 2017 and 2018. "We have experienced an exceptional alignment of planets," he confirms. A chance all the more remarkable that the initial ambition was high. "The house aims at high-end and excellence, with appellations mainly in Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune," he explained, at the beginning of the adventure, at the end of 2017. Some names: Corton and Corton-Charlemagne, Charmes-Chambertin, Clos Vougeot for the grands crus, Volnay, Pommard, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Chambolle-Musigny, Gevrey-Chambertin for the villages and first vintages. The concretization of their efforts is now tangible: the first bottles were shipped at the end of May.

Laurent Delaunay et Paolo Basso

The house is thus called Edouard Delaunay, a brand created in 1893 by Laurent Delaunay's great-grandfather. These wines were then widely distributed on the ships of the shipping companies. In the early  90s, it passed into the portfolio of the Boisset house while it was facing difficulties. A return back home  that is not common. In 2018 Laurent Delaunay bought barrels at the Hospices de Beaune auction. A century after his great-grandfather ... A winery and historic cellars have been rehabilitated in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits area, in the historic "stronghold" of the house at Etang-Vergy. A site it occupied since the 1950s after settling in the north of Côte-d'Or and Dijon. The renovated buildings have requested an investment of 1.5 million euros: small thermo-regulated vats, barrel cellars …

Laurent Delaunay has not neglected the entry-level Burgundy wines: the house offers two AOC Bourgogne: a Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay. Two references bearing the brand "September". Wines positioned respectively at €12.90 and €11.90 (public price including VAT). The goal is of course to bet on the high quality but also on the whole hierarchical pyramid of the wines of Burgundy.The wines are vinified - for the most part - and aged by Christophe Briotet, oenologist and former cellar master at the viticultural school of Beaune.

As a reminder, Laurent and Catherine Delaunay, at the head of Badet Clément (Nuits-Saint-Georges), made their name in the wine world from 1995 by creating a range of Languedoc varietal wines: Les Jamelles. They then acquired Domaines et Vins de Propriété (DVP) in 2003. A structure that distributes the wines of nearly 200 Burgundy estates. A knowledge of Burgundy on which the House Edouard Delaunay can rely.

Laurent Gotti


 

Paolo Basso’s reviews

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2017
Beautiful quite intense ruby-red ​​color. A nose that requires oxygenation to open up with notes of spices, black berries, cloves, bay leaves and vanilla and cocoa. Rich and powerful palate with very nice tasty notes, dense and open, a warm style, good body. Firm tannins, a lingering finish with intense vanilla and dark fruit aromas in retro-olfaction. Excellent.

Charmes-Chambertin 2015
Beautiful quite intense ruby-red ​​color. An intense nose with a rather fine woody note on aromas of vanilla and cocoa. Crushed black fruits, candied cherries. A beautiful palate, tasty and sweet (wood), dense, beautifully powerful while being elegant and rich. Tight and lusg tannins, a very persistent finish with a beautiful woody complexity. A grand wine.

 

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