Domaine Launay-Horiot

This is vintage number 3 in project Pommard for Xavier Horiot and his wife Eleonara. Talk about hitting the ground running. Great initial press from Tim Atkin MW and, now other journalists have had a chance to taste, the domaine is winning many plaudiits with scores in the mid 90s from the likes of Burghound. It took Xavier almost ten years to resolve family issues surrounding the domaine and by then he was left with just 4 hectares of vines to farm. Still, don’t feel too sorry for him as these 4 hectares include some great things in Pommard and a couple of rather well known Grands Crus in Gevrey-Chambertin! In his previous life Xavier was a fighter pilot but he is no Maverick when it comes to winemaking. Stylistically his wines are beautfully perfumed, sophisticated and blessed with a touch of class. Watch this space because this domaine is going places.

Winemaker: Xavier Horiot

Hectares: 4 hectares

Website: www.timatkin.com/articles?1594

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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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    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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.