Having bought back his Great Grandfather’s Burgundian Grande Maison, Edouard Delaunay from Boisset at the end of 2017, Laurent Delaunay, President of Badet Clement, invested 1.5 million Euros to return it to its former glory and will be relaunching it in style at the inaugural Wine Paris show on 11 February 2019. A presentation of the new Edouard Delaunay collection on Badet Clement’s stand G064 in Hall 4 will be followed by an exclusive dinner for prestige clients and international wine industry elite at Ducasse sur Seine by French culinary legend Alain Ducasse.
Created in 1893 by Laurent Delaunay’s Great Grandfather, Edouard Delaunay was a major player in the development of the Burgundian wine region. Over the following century it become one of the leading houses in Burgundy with prestige international distribution, including Harrods, Harvey Nichols and The Savoy in London during the 70’s and 80’s when the wines were represented in the UK by David Peppercorn and Serena Sutcliffe MW. In 1992 however, due to the illness of its then director, Jean-Marie Delaunay, Laurent’s father, Edouard Delaunay had to be sold and was bought by Boisset.
The extensive refurbishment of the historic cellars and winery at Château de Charmont in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, took a year to complete and will enable Badet Clément, specialists in branded wines from Burgundy, the Languedoc, Provence and the Rhône, to vinify and age their wines with precision under the expertise of Christophe Briotet. Briotet is an internationally experienced head wine maker and recent former cellar master at the Domaine du Lycée Viticole de Beaune, and will be in charge of wine making at Edouard Delaunay.
This major project is close to Badet Clement President, Laurent Delaunay’s heart. He says, “My grandfather used to say that the House of Edouard Delaunay was ‘the smallest of the great Houses’. My ambition has been to return it to its former glory and make Edouard Delaunay a leading Burgundian wine house once more, focused on excellence and high-end wines mainly from the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.”
“Thanks to many top estates that we are already working with via our company, DVP, which distributes Burgundian domaines, we already have grapes in prestigious appellations like Corton-Charlemagne, Charmes-Chambertin and Clos-Vougeot. From our second vintage, we will have some rare wines such as Montrachet and a Griotte-Chambertin,” says Delaunay. He continues, “We also have contemporary, accessible wines like those from the young appellation, Bourgogne Côte d’Or”. Edouard Delaunay currently buys in grapes and will consider buying vineyards in the future if good opportunities arise.
In addition, Laurent Delaunay, who is a member of the association to protect the Abbey of Saint-Vivant and the UNESCO World Heritage Climats, both at the heart of Burgundian viticulture, wants to offer amateur wine enthusiasts a complete immersion into Burgundy wine culture when they purchase Edouard Delaunay wines. This will be done through packaging, tailor made services, a personalised welcome, a wine club, so that Edouard Delaunay becomes their guide to discovering Burgundy.
“We want to create a direct relationship with consumers who are interested in Burgundy wines and give them a real introduction into the region; its culture, philosophy, vineyards, art de vivre…the things which inspire wine enthusiasts, but which often remain out of reach because of the Burgundy’s exclusivity.”