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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  • Wine

    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 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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    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.

  • Wine

    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.

  • Wine

    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.

  • Wine

    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.

  • Wine

    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.