“an underrated producer whose wines sell at very realistic prices.” – Robert Parker
[Pronounced in American English as “Cap-ee-tán Gan-your-oh”]
In their 9th generation since founding in 1802, 13 years after storming the Bastille. Just 6 km north of the city of Beaune situated along the eastern slope of the famed Corton Hill, Domaine Gagnerot was established in 1802, as they began making their own wine from their own vineyards. Starting in the wine business 400 years ago as wine merchants in the 1620s, they shipped barrels of Corton, Chambertin, etc to markets all over Europe. Parcels from the Cotes de Beaune and Cotes de Nuits were added to the domaine, becoming Capitain-Gagnerot and comprising now 16 fully-owned hectares, with several Grand Cru and Premier Cru parcels. 9th generation owner Pierre-François Capitain makes Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that express elegance and purity. Corton hill is the only place in Burgundy with both red and white Grand Crus.
The several Grand Cru, Premier Cru and other parcels are largely centered near the winery on the famed Coteau de Corton, featuring two types of soils: marl limestone ideal for great whites, and clay/limestone which yields reds of great finesse. Farmed with biodynamic principles, now Certified “Agriculture Biologique,” never using herbicides or pesticides.
Hand-harvested and sorted, grapes are destemmed before tank vinification. Pinot Noir is native yeast-fermented in open top tanks, punched down twice daily at moderate temperatures, aged in French oak and lightly filtered. Chardonnay finishes fermentation at cool temperatures in barrels (no more than 10% new). Instead of corks, bottles are sealed with the innovative and cellar-worthy “Ardea Seal”, later also adopted by Domaine Ponsot and others to ensure purity. Their house and cellar was German-occupied during WWII. Due to tiny quantities imported, there may be slight delivery delays.
Saint Romaine “Au Bas de Poillange” (Chardonnay) 2017
50 year old vines, 10% new oak; elements of citrus zest, apple, crushed rock , white flowers, tropical fruit. 2015 Magnums Available.
Ladoix 1er Cru “Les Grechons et Fourtrieres” 2016
Racy with a searing core of minerals supporting ripe melon, ripe lemons, pineapple, peaches and apricots. 53 year old vines are at the northeast edge of the famed Corton Hillside. 175 cases produced. 2014 Magnums available.
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014
Uniquely blended from 2 Corton-Charlemagne parcels: the taught and racy, shaded “En Charlemagne” and the weightier, warmer sun-facing “Les Pouget.” 50+ year old vines. Weighty yet simultaneously crisp and bright. Burghound: “A great Corton-Charlemagne.” 150 6-packs produced.
Bourgogne Rouge 2017 – Family owned parcel since 1802 2017 Just Released 13.5% alcohol
70 year old vines grow next to the RN74 on the north end of Ladoix.. Wine is made in the exact same method as their Clos Vougeot with 10% new oak. High toned red fruit aromas with raspberry and strawberry flavors, a silky mouthfeel and lovely finish. 200 cases for the US.
Ladoix 1er Cru “La Micaude” 2015 – Monopole since 1860 13.5% alcohol
Exclusively owned by the family, their monopole with 68 year old vines located on the Corton Hill adjacent to the Nuits St. Georges boundary. Always both flamboyant and muscular, with a red fruit bouquet and robust, fleshy flavors of red and black fruits that are mouth-filling and long.
Vosne-Romanée “Aux Raviolles” 2017 13.0% alcohol 2017 Just Released
Southern-most vineayard in Vosne-Romanee, with 68 year old vines on a gently sloping, rocky parcel. Always large-scaled and powerful, yet with charming and seamless flavors of berry fruit, rose petals and Asian spices.
Corton “Les Grandes-Lolieres” Grand Cru 2015 [say Low-lee-yay] 13.5% alcohol
Owned by the family since 1890, among the most northerly Grand Crus, it is more easily approachable in youth than the other Corton Grand Crus. 64 year old vines. Rich and intense with black cherries and undergrowth, in a body both powerful and elegantly balanced. 150 cases made.
Corton-Renardes Grand Cru 2015 [say Ray-nahr] 2015 Just Released 13.5% alcohol
Adjacent to their up-slope, east-facing Corton-Charlemagne parcel, Les Renardes offers delicacy and concentration in a forward and early-drinking style, rare among red Grand Crus. Bright and racy with violets, berries, leather, earth, red berries and exotic spices. 150 cases made.
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 Acclamed 2015 Vintage! 13.0% alcohol
Acquired by the family in 1920s, their parcel is the famed “Poulailleres” which is largely owned by DRC. Red fruit perfume, with deep flavors of strawberry, raspberry, spice cake, minerals; massive at first, broad yet fresh and elegant with a very long finish. 200 6-packs produced.
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 Acclaimed 2015 Vintage! By special order 13.0% alcohol
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2014 drinking great right now! By special order 13.0% alcohol
When Clos Vougeot was first divided in 1889, the family was among the original buyers of the vineyard. Transforms with air, showing balanced, well-integrated aromas and flavors of deep spice, earth and pure red Pinot Noir fruit. 51 year old vines. 150 6-packs made.