Domaine Launay-Horiot

Xavier Horiot, based in Pommard, but he also owns two cracking eponymous vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin! It has taken him ten years to sort out ownership of this historical family estate and in that time it has shrunk from a sizeable ten hectares to just 4. However, the vineyards he has managed to hang on to are rather good ones. Just over half of the estate is made up of the monopole of Pommard ‘Perrières’, which is a superior village plot in the heart of Pommard. He also has some excellent small plots of Pommard 1er Cru, including some Les Rugiens, and then the cream on the cake, two great parcels of Latricières-Chambertin and Chambertin itself. In terms of vinification Xavier is looking to be as gentle with his grapes as he can be, focussing on expressing the fruit and the terroir as naturally as possible. All the bunches are destemmed and undergo several days of cold maceration. Xavier prefers remontage (pumping over) to pigeage as he likes to keep the berries whole for as long as possible, thus allowing them to really develop their aromatic profile. New oak is well handled; 20% for the village wines, 30% for the 1ers Crus and 50% for the Grands Crus. There are a lot of old vines on the estate and they bring a natural intensity and concentration (low yields and small berries) to the wines, permitting Xavier to be über-gentle with his techniques. The result is a very impressive début, especially considering the decimation of Pommard due to hail. The wines are fragrant, balanced and charming. Powerful where they should be but also elegant in all the right places. Quite clearly they are well worth the long wait. For more information read Tim Atkin MW `s article below.

Winemaker: Xavier Horiot

Hectares: 4 hectares

Website: www.timatkin.com/articles?1594

Wines

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    More old vines here (60 years old) and just three barriques of this have been made. But three is better than 2 and much better than none, especially as this is a really good wine. It is very Latricières in style, showing impressive drive and minerality. There is mouthwatering gravellyness to it which is perfectly balanced with the red and black spiced fruits. Lovely wine. Drink from 2021.

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    More old vines here (60 years old) and just three barriques of this have been made. But three is better than 2 and much better than none, especially as this is a really good wine. It is very Latricières in style, showing impressive drive and minerality. There is mouthwatering gravellyness to it which is perfectly balanced with the red and black spiced fruits. Lovely wine. Drink from 2021.

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    This has a lovely crunch and gravelly element to it and there is real finesse from start to finish. Mineral, refreshing, lively, structurally intense and very long. A definitive example of this excellent Grand Cru that oozes harmony and energy. Drink from 2021.

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    This has a lovely mineral energy running all the way through its core which leaves the intense red fruit and brambles that are in abundance. This is a baby but a lovely one!

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    This is the most overtly exhuberant of the 1ers Crus, which has a richness of sweet mid-palate fruit that fills the mouth. Its energy retains a freshness and stylish refinement. Drink from 2020.

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    Clos Blanc is a smallish vineyard that lies just to the south of Les Grands Epenots. This has nice focus, purity and bite but the back palate is a touch backward and needs time. It is deceptively structured as the tannins are fine but the the structure is ageworthy Pommard.

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    Clos Blanc is a smallish vineyard that lies just to the south of Les Grands Epenots. This has nice focus, purity and bite but the back palate is a touch backward and needs time. It is deceptively structured as the tannins are fine but the the structure is ageworthy Pommard.

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    Xavier has half a hectare of this vineyard, which lies just to the south of the village below Les Rugiens. It is a little fuller in style than the Clos Blanc but maintains focus and poise nicely. Drink from 2020.

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    This is made up of 2 parcels, one of 40 years of age, the other of 50 and sees about 40% new oak. Strong, dark, juicy earthy flavours abound with real intensity throughout the mid-palate. There is a purposeful linear quality to the wine that gives it direction and purity and really lifts the fruit. Drink from 2020.

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    This is made up of 2 parcels, one of 40 years of age, the other of 50 and sees about 40% new oak. Strong, dark, juicy earthy flavours abound with real intensity throughout the mid-palate. There is a purposeful linear quality to the wine that gives it direction and purity and really lifts the fruit. Drink from 2020.

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    Xavier has half a hectare of this vineyard, which lies just to the south of the village below Les Rugiens. It is a little fuller in style than the Clos Blanc but maintains focus and poise nicely. Drink from 2020.

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    This vineyard sits just below Les Rugiens-Bas in the heart of the village. The soil has a touch less iron and the wine is a lightly lighter than the Rugiens but well focussed with intense, earthy crunchy fruit flavours.

  • Wine

    This vineyard sits just below Les Rugiens-Bas in the heart of the village. The soil has a touch less iron and the wine is a lightly lighter than the Rugiens but well focussed with intense, earthy crunchy fruit flavours.

  • Wine

    This vineyard sits just below Les Rugiens-Bas in the heart of the village. The soil has a touch less iron and the wine is a lightly lighter than the Rugiens but well focussed with intense, earthy crunchy fruit flavours.

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    This is quite a robust wine, in the best possible sense. Good ripeness throughout, good power, stylish tannins and a savoury coolness of fruit that makes it very moreish indeed.

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    This is quite a robust wine, in the best possible sense. Good ripeness throughout, good power, stylish tannins and a savoury coolness of fruit that makes it very moreish indeed.

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    The vines here are fifty years old and the wine sees 30% new oak. This is really quite fruit driven for a Rugiens, so many of which can be daunting and hard in youth. There is still good Pommard tannin but the balance and consistency through the palate is excellent. Drink from 2021.

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    The vines here are fifty years old and the wine sees 30% new oak. This is really quite fruit driven for a Rugiens, so many of which can be daunting and hard in youth. There is still good Pommard tannin but the balance and consistency through the palate is excellent. Drink from 2021.

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    The vines are a mere 112 years old! It is really pretty for a Pommard, with just the right amount of tannin and a good balance between structure and overt fruit. Really attractive. Drink from 2019.

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    Xavier has 2.2 hectares of this virtual monopole, of which about a third is over a 100 years old. It has lovely grainy aromas which mingle with an attractive earthiness. The mid-palate is pretty with bright red fruits and an elegance and refinement so rarely seen in this appellation. Good length and energy on the finish make the wine very complete. 20% new oak is just right and doesn’t interfere. A top example of village Pommard. Drink from 2019.

  • Wine

    Xavier has 2.2 hectares of this virtual monopole, of which about a third is over a 100 years old. It has lovely grainy aromas which mingle with an attractive earthiness. The mid-palate is pretty with bright red fruits and an elegance and refinement so rarely seen in this appellation. Good length and energy on the finish make the wine very complete. 20% new oak is just right and doesn’t interfere. A top example of village Pommard. Drink from 2019.

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    The vines are a mere 112 years old! It is really pretty for a Pommard, with just the right amount of tannin and a good balance between structure and overt fruit. Really attractive. Drink from 2019.

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    This vineyard lies to the right of you as you straighten up off the mini roundabout south of Beaune and head off towards Meursault. You will notice the little cabotte in the middle of the sandy-looking vineyard with Launay Horiot in big letters on the side. It a good vineyard but a tough one to work apparently such is the length of the rows. Working each row for a vineyard worker is like running the seemingly endless Newmarket Rowley Mile for a horse. This version has a lovely crunch and bite with some red fruit earthiness and bright berries. Tannin arrives just on the finish but merely lifts the flavours and focusses them.

  • Wine

    This vineyard lies to the right of you as you straighten up off the mini roundabout south of Beaune and head off towards Meursault. You will notice the little cabotte in the middle of the sandy-looking vineyard with Launay Horiot in big letters on the side. It a good vineyard but a tough one to work apparently such is the length of the rows. Working each row for a vineyard worker is like running the seemingly endless Newmarket Rowley Mile for a horse. This version has a lovely crunch and bite with some red fruit earthiness and bright berries. Tannin arrives just on the finish but merely lifts the flavours and focusses them.