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François Gay 2016 Burgundy Debut!
September 10, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Winemakers are like artists or musicians, but their medium is grapes. And like artists, winemakers are often nonconformists. Media-shy, taciturn and deeply artistic, François Gay may have set the standard for iconoclastic winemakers in his Côte de Beaune region, and his son, Pascal, who now heads the domaine, walks very much in his father's footsteps. People call François Gay the "Henri Jayer of the Beaune" because the wines are that pure, that expressive and that terroir-driven (and also because their maker is that unique). But if you've never heard of François Gay or drunk the estate's wines, you're not alone. Gay's wines are very much an insider's secret.

Gay's Burgundies are among the most difficult Beaune wines to procure because the domaine's production is severely limited--and because the estate's wines are so good. IWM's Burgheads snap up every new vintage more or less upon release, which is smart because IWM is one of a handful of US retailers who get to sell François Gay Burgundies. Today, I'm proud to debut a quartet of Gay's wines from 2016: the estate's affordable and delicious Chorey-les-Beaune, its aromatic Ladoix, its old-vine Aloxe-Corton, and its sauvage but elegant Corton-Renardes Grand Cru. If you love fine Burgundy, you're going to want all four of these new releases; they're exquisitely crafted, just as you'd expect from an artist like Françoise Gay.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only At IWM: A Quartet of Exquisite 2016 Burgundies from François Gay
2. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events

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Francois Gay Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2016 750ml
Francois Gay Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2016 750ml
Price: $139.99

Elegant yet feral, François Gay’s muscular Corton-Renardes Grand Cru is consistently a stunning wine. Animale elements mingle with primary red and blue fruits, along with secondary notes of worn saddle leather, crushed wildflower petals, baking spices, and pencil lead. A reliable favorite of Burgheads in the know, this Corton-Renardes abounds with chewy tannins and bright acidity that are matched by intense dry extract, so this wine always needs some time in the cellar before true enjoyment. François Gay’s "tête de cuvée," this Corton-Renardes derives from a tiny limestone and clay vineyard just above Corton-Bressandes, and it is a consistent hit with IWM’s Burgundy-loving clients. The ’16 Corton-Renardes delivers on the wine’s reputation, and the 2016 bottling is especially dense and elegant. more info