EDOUARD DELAUNAY

 

BURGUNDY, FRANCE 2018

 

 

With publications praising the 2018 Burgundy vintage, a vintage “to rival the mythical 1947” (Decanter), we have three outstanding wines for you today. As a bonus, the wines come from a legendary house of one of the world’s most celebrated regions. Founded in 1893, Maison Edouard Delaunay has a rich and unique history, including stints in the 20th century as the official supplier of companies such as Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, that of the Orient Express, as well as Air France. The reputation of the house was renowned throughout the world and was for many years entrusted as the wine distributor of other great Burgundy estates like the iconic Domaine de la Romanée Conti.
 

Four years ago, Laurent Delaunay purchased and relaunched the family estate started by his great-great-grandfather and the wines of the historic Maison Edouard Delaunay were reintroduced to the world with much anticipation at last year’s International Wine Challenge—the competition recognized as one of the most rigorous, selective and influential in the industry. 52 medals and 8 trophies later, it is safe to say that Delaunay has secured his property’s status as one of the great houses of Burgundy. Today the team at Delaunay works with 140 different parcels, including Premier and Grand Cru locations, and hand-harvests and ferments each plot separately. This meticulous attention to detail has produced wines of outstanding character and depth and has contributed to up-and-coming winemaking star Christophe Briotet earning back-to-back ‘Winemaker of the Year’ awards at the International Wine Challenge.
 

The first featured wine is the Chassagne-Montrachet, part of the “Golden Triangle” of Chardonnay, which comes from a plot called ‘Les Champs de Morjot’ located just south of the village. Here the soils contain both marl and pebbles, which lend the wine a perfect balance between depth and minerality. Fermented using indigenous yeasts, the wine was barrel aged on the lees for 16 months, producing a rich and complex white that maintains an exceptional freshness. The second Burgundy featured today hails from Chambolle-Musigny and is produced using four separate plots located in the northeastern part of the appellation. Soils here consist of calcareous clay that run relatively deep at the edge of the Morey-Saint-Denis appellation, giving the wine more structure and concentration than typical Pinot Noirs seen from Chambolle-Musigny. The vintage itself contributed to producing a richer style, with the wine maturing in 40% new oak for 18 months. Our final wine featured is from the Vougeot Premier Cru, which represents the smallest surface area of Premier Cru vines in the entire Côte de Nuits—making this Pinot Noir an extremely rare and difficult find. The grapes of the cuvée come from a plot located at the top of the ‘Les Petits Vougeots’ climat, where soils consist of both clay and stones—giving the wine delicateness and depth. The wine was matured in used barrels for 15 months, helping to maintain a lively and elegantly-styled Pinot Noir. All three wines are must-haves for your cellar, with 21% off bottle one. Don’t delay, as special pricing is only available for one week. These are not to miss!

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2021-2022. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, September 5, 2021.